Practitioner Resources

The resources contained on this page are intended to support you and learners / clients.

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  • Many resources are provided in English AND Irish (GA indicates 'as Gaeilge')

FEATURE IMAGE COLOUR KEY: Blue: Post Primary - Purple: Further Education & Training - Green: European/International

A number of the resources provided are editable templates', after downloading you will need to have the appropriate software installed on your device in order to customise these resources.
For example MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, MS PowerPoint

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The Inclusion of Parents in Whole School Guidance (Template)

This template has been designed to catalyse discussion about what might be added to a Whole School Guidance Plan in order to effectively plan for the inclusion of parent voice.

This document is in Word Format with editable sections.
By saving to your device you can then type directly into the template fields provided, or you can delete the prefilled content and print.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Template-Inclusion-Parents-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-Template-Inclusion-Parents-GA.docx
Winter 2021 Webinar Series
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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 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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Career guidance policy and practice in the pandemic

This report, with contribution from NCGE Director, Jennifer McKenzie, is based on a flash joint international survey, designed to provide a snapshot of how career guidance policies, systems and services were adapting and coping, following the declaration of the world Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. The survey examined the policy, systems and practice changes that occurred during the first phase of government reactions to the pandemic, the extent to which the pandemic and its social consequences triggered a debate on career guidance reform, and the role for career guidance in pandemic recovery measures. It also considered the support role of international and donor bodies.

On Wednesday 17th of February 2021 an additional webinar took place to share the main findings of this publication, and bring together policymakers, social partners, career guidance practitioners and service managers.
HERE  - you can access:

  • The full recording of the event
  • Summaries in Spanish and French of the key results of the survey report (see “Publications”)
  • A webpage with an array of resources from the seven organizations responsible for the report (see “Key resources”)

You can access the full report by clicking the 'Resource Link' below

European / International

Cedefop; European Commission; ETF; ICCDPP; ILO; OECD; UNESCO

Resource Link

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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