Practitioner Resources

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

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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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NCGE / Salespulse Guide on Anonymising Client Data on the AGMS

The following resource outlines the process for staff of ETB Adult Education Guidance Services to edit client data on the Adult Guidance Management System database in cases where a client has not been in touch with a service for 7+ years.

As advised by Salespulse, best practice regarding Data Protection in use of the existing database involves manual editing of client data to provide anonymity while maintaining historical information and statistics on the system.


Further Education & Training

NCGE / Salespulse

  1. PDF icon NCGE-Salespulse-Guide-Anonymising-Data-AGMS.pdf

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"Future Focus" form

This "Future Focus" form, which was kindly provided by Michelle Dunne, Guidance Counsellor and Year Head, Ardgillan College, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, is a template that can be downloaded for use with Leaving Certificate students within the domain of ‘Developing my Career Path’ as part of ‘Guidance for some’ (NCGE Whole School Guidance framework). It is a reflection activity that 6th-year students complete in preparation for a one-to-one appointment with the Guidance Counsellor. It is designed to help focus on their end goal of securing a place on a specific course /apprenticeship and help with guidance planning.


Post Primary

Michelle Dunne, Guidance Counsellor and Year Head, Ardgillan College, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

  1. File NCGE-PP-Submitted-Future-Focus-Form-EN.docx
Submitted Resource
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“Taking Stock”: Questionnaire for 6th Year students

The below downloadable template may be helpful in supporting students to reflect on their current needs. It may help you identify relevant guidance supports and inform your planning over the coming weeks. In using this, or any other self-report measures, it is important to remember their limitations and to remember that guidance is a process and a lifelong journey. The purpose of this tool is to support student reflection of their guidance needs and to inform the school’s provision of guidance over the short term. Please feel free to amend / adapt this questionnaire to meet the needs of the students in your school.

A Google Form Copy can be accessed HERE (ensure that you are signed into your Google Account)

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-6thyear-endterm-questionnaire-2021-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-6thyear-endterm-questionnaire-2021-GA.docx

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“Tips Sheet” for 6th Year students

NCGE have revised this ‘Points of Reflection' (for students over summer 2021)  "Tips Sheet" for 6th Year students in response to a request from Guidance Counsellors in 2020.
Guidance Counsellors can use this resource as a template and amend the content / structure to best meet the needs of the students in their own schools.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-6thyear-tips-sheet-May-2021-EN.docx

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"Review of Academic Year" (Reflection Resource for Staff)

This resource has been developed by NCGE to support Guidance Counsellors in reflecting on all aspects of Guidance during the academic year 2020/2021.
This ‘Review of Academic Year’ resource supports Guidance Counsellors (and the Guidance Planning Team), in reviewing all aspects of the Guidance service with reference to Whole School Guidance and the Continuum of Guidance (per Whole School Guidance Framework Document, 2017). 
This resource aims to support reflection on all aspects of Guidance provision and serve as a reference document for future planning.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Review-Academic-Year-2021-GC-EN.docx

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"Dear Me" in August 2021

This resource is designed for use on the last day of the academic year!
It aims to serve as a reference list for the types of things Guidance Counsellors might have on their mind, immediately before closing the office door and leaving for the summer holidays. In using a tool such as this (which is an example), Guidance Counsellors can make a note of all the major and minor ‘to-dos’ that will help them get started upon return to the role at the start of the next academic year. In this way, Guidance Counsellors can truly ‘let go,’ rest and relax over the break, knowing that a reminder note awaits them upon their return

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-DearMe-Note-Aug2021-EN.pdf

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Episode 5: ‘Practical Sociology and Youthreach Advocacy’ with CTC Advocate Rory Gallagher

April 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes speaks with Rory Gallagher, CTC Youth Advocate in Longford Westmeath ETB.

They discuss Rory’s career path from social care to working in a family research centre, to his role as a Youth Advocate, how he employs the MAGIC model (Mentoring, Advice, Guidance, Information and Counselling) with early school leavers, and the parallels and differences in the work of Advocates and that of a Guidance Counsellor. 

For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 
Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy 10-Year Strategy for Ireland

THRIVE – Training Hope and Resilience in Vulnerable School Leavers

Rory Gallagher is the Chair of the Northern Region of the National Advocates Network, he has an M.A. in Community Development, an M.A. in Family Support and has previously worked in Social Care, Community Development and Mental Health Services. He has been working as Youth Advocate with Longford Westmeath ETB for the past five years.

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NCGE Podcast Series

NCGE / Rory Gallagher

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Episode 4: ‘Career Fitness’ with IAEVG President Dr Gert van Brussel

April 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE director Jennifer McKenzie is in conversation with the current president of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, Dr Gert van Brussel. Gert outlines his own background and path to the IAEVG, the importance and benefits of Guidance associations, organisations and individual practitioners being IAEVG members, as well as the key messages for developing guidance services, particularly in a post-Covid world. 

Gert's philosophy of 'Guidance Fitness' and his words of wisodm as an experienced Guidance professional provide illuminating insights in developing Guidance.

For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

Dr Gert van Brussel is affiliated with the Open University of the Netherlands. He has more than 40 years of experience in the domain of career development in various roles: counsellor, consultant, entrepreneur, researcher, lecturer and presenter. Gert has been a member of the IAEVG Board since 2015 and President of the Association since 2019.

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NCGE Podcast Series

NCGE / Dr Gert van Brussel

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‘Whole School Guidance Provision - Examples of Good Practice’

27th April 2021

This webinar showcased examples of good practice in applying the principles of Looking at Our Schools and School Self Evaluation in terms of Whole School Guidance planning and improvement.
It also outlined further the wealth of material available on the NCGE website in relation to Whole School Guidance.

Representatives from three different schools contributed to this webinar from Voluntary and Community/ETB, small and large, located in rural and urban settings. 
DEIS and non-DEIS were similarly represented.

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

Post Primary

NCGE / The Abbey School (Tipperary) / Ardgillan College (Balbriggan) / St Dominic's College (Ballyfermot)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Presentation-WSG-Good-Practice-270421-EN.pdf
Winter/Spring 2021 Webinar Series
Resource Link

Supports for Students Returning to School

This resource is for use with any group but is particularly suitable for Junior Cycle students returning to school after an extended period.  
It is designed to bring awareness of the key people and supports available to students during these challenging times.
It is based on the importance of every young person identifying at least 'one good adult' based on '
My world survey. National study of youth mental health in Ireland' research conducted by Barbara Dooley and Amanda Fitzgerald (2012). 

The resource can be printed and distributed to students.
You can prepopulate / edit the Word version if required.

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Information-Sheet-Support-4-Students-Returning-to-school-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Information-Sheet-Support-4-Students-Returning-to-school-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. File NCGE-PP-Information-Sheet-Support-4-Students-Returning-to-school-Word-EN.docx
  4. File NCGE-PP-Information-Sheet-Support-4-Students-Returning-to-school-Word-GA.docx

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