Practitioner Resources

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'School Closures January 2021: Interactive Discussion on Digitalised Guidance'

12th January 2021

This webinar provided an opportunity for an interactive dialogue between schools and the NCGE regarding ‘Digitalised Guidance'. Guidance Counsellors and school management were provided with an opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
In addition, resources to support good quality guidance planning and practice were highlighted.

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link'

Post Primary

NCGE / Tim Geraghty (NAPD)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Jan2021-Digitalised-Guidance-EN.pdf
Winter 2021 Webinar Series
Resource Link

A Guide to Law for Post Primary School Students

This resource provides a comprehensive overview of many careers relating to the law in Ireland.

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Law-Guide-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Law-Guide-GA.pdf
Submitted Resource
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Overarching Research on Data Gathered in DES/SOLAS/NCGE Adult Guidance Management System of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative 2004 – 2018

The Adult Education Guidance Services ‘Adult Guidance Management System’ was developed by NCGE from 2004 to 2013, on behalf of the (then) Department of Education and Science. The system was developed to ensure accurate national data-gathering on the provision of guidance services in the (then) pilot projects of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI). Since 2013, SOLAS has funded the continued NCGE management and co-ordination of the AGMS to gather data on the provision of the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) within the 16 ETBs nationally.

In 2019, the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) established a stakeholder working group to examine the potential developments and future planning of the Adult Guidance Management System (AGMS) for the wider guidance service provision across the Further Education and Training (FET) sector within the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationally. An example of significant developments was following the establishment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Ireland Data Protection Act, 2018 all current and future data gathering systems would be required to ensure compliance with GDPR.  To inform the planning of GDPR compliant future data gathering and to provide a final report of all the data within the current AGMS, NCGE commissioned this overarching report to explore, consider and analyse the quantitative and qualitative data gathered from 2004 to 2018. The quantitative and qualitative data involves both non-personal client statistical data and service reports generated by 39 (ETB) AEGS nationally over those 14 years.

The main objectives of this overarching research report are to:

  • generate an overarching overview report of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered on the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) – Adult Educational Guidance Service (AEGS) AGMS database from 2004-2018
  • include a report on the documented Case Studies provided as required within the AGMS since 2013

In relation to the scope of this research, NCGE emphasises that it does not provide an ‘evaluation’ of the (ETB) Adult Educational Guidance Services nationally, nor does it provide an evaluation of the AGMS. However, the research will inform the final completion, close-off and archiving of the NCGE AGMS system.  This research may also inform developments and data-gathering in any future FET Guidance Management System.

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Dr. Petra Elftorp

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-Resource-AGMS-Overarching-Report-EN.pdf

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Whole School Guidance Practical Resources

The following practical resources are intended to be used with NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework, to help your school in developing your Whole School Guidance plan. 
To see full explanations on how each resource should be used, please click 'open this content on one page' below.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Table-A-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Checklist-EN.docx
  3. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Form-A-EN.docx
  4. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Form-B-EN.docx
  5. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Form-C-EN.docx

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Exploring Whole School Guidance: Planning & Information Resources

The following planning and information resources are intended to be used with NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework, to inform Whole School Guidance planning in your school.  These include information to guide your school through Whole School Guidance Planning, and reflection workbooks to progress the development of your school's Whole School Guidance Plan.  To see full explanations on how each resource should be used, please click 'open this content on one page' below.


Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Planning-Section-1-EN.pdf
  2. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Reflection-Workbook-Section-1-EN.docx
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Planning-Section-2-EN.pdf
  4. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Reflection-Workbook-Section-2-EN.docx
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Planning-Section-3-EN.pdf
  6. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Reflection-Workbook-Section-3-EN.docx
  7. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Template-for-Success-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Areas-of-Learning-and-Competences-EN.pdf

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Whole School Guidance: Student Questionnaires

The following questionnaires, available for Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle may be useful to support students in your school in reflecting on their guidance needs. The questionnaires may inform the planning of the Whole School Guidance programme, including guidance learning opportunities. Within each Cycle, these questionnaires are divided into three Areas of Learning for consideration of your students: Developing Myself, Developing My Learning and Developing My Career Path

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-JC-Developing-Myself-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-JC-Developing-My-Learning-EN.docx
  3. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-JC--Developing-My-Career-Path-EN.docx
  4. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-SC-Developing-Myself-EN.docx
  5. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-SC-Developing-My-Learning-EN.docx
  6. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Student-Questionnaire-SC-Developing-My-Career-Path-EN.docx

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Whole School Guidance: Continuum of Support Resources

The aim of the following resources is to highlight how a continuum of support model for Whole School Guidance could be implemented in a school. These resources include case studies on the continuum of support model, as well as an Appendix I Indvidual Career Learning Plan. Schools can use and adapt these resources together to suit their own unique contexts. These resources were originally developed as part of a 2018 NCGE Whole School Guidance Pilot Project, 'Looking at Whole School Guidance at Junior Cycle'.

Post Primary

NCGE / Prof. James P. Sampson Jr.

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Using-Continuum-of-Support-Model-EN.pdf
  2. File NCGE-PP-WSG-Career-Learning-Plan-EN.docx
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WSG-Resources-CIP-Differentiated-Service-Delivery-Model-EN.pdf

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'Taking Stock': Questionnaire for Junior Cycle students

This resource has been developed for students of Junior Cycle. 
It aims to gather data on Junior Cycle students' Guidance needs. 
It is based around the NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework (2017) and seeks to understand students' needs in terms of all three areas of the Guidance role. 
Based on the information returned, schools may then decide what areas of Whole School Guidance to prioritise.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Taking-Stock-JC-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-Taking-Stock-JC-GA.docx

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Support for Guidance Counsellors and Schools around Student Disclosures of Suicide and/or Self Harm

NCGE, in consultation with the Department of Education and NEPS have collated a resource to support Guidance Counsellors and Schools to support students who are self-harming and/or disclosing thoughts about suicide. This resource maps out important processes and procedures a school can follow to support students during all stages. It provides key points for Guidance Counsellors, management and others to reflect on - if they encounter a student in need. 

It is envisaged that this document would be used in a school in line with the school’s confidentiality template.

If Guidance Counsellors or school management require any further support with regard to Suicide/Self Harm, please do not hesitate to contact NCGE. 


Post Primary

NCGE and Department of Education

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Support-GC-Schools-Student-Disclosures-Suicide-SelfHarm.pdf
Guidance for ALL
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Self-Care for the Guidance Counsellor

20th October 2020

This webinar was intended to support the Guidance Counsellor after the first half of the first term. 
Reflections on work done / supports needed / local communication and relationships, supervision etc.

The guest panellist in his webinar was Shane Martin, Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. 
Shane is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best evidence-based psychology to help people protect their mental health and enhance the quality of their lives and presented on the theme of 'Health and Happiness'.

You can access the accompanying presentation below.

Please note:

A webinar recording is not available.
This is due to the nature of the webinar. With personal Q&A, scenarios and discussions the content is required to be kept as confidential as possible.

Post Primary

NCGE and Shane Martin

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Self-Care-for-the-Guidance-Counsellor-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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