Practitioner Resources

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

  • The most recent 10 resources uploaded (accross all areas of practice) are displayed below
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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

YOU CAN ACCESS A SHORT VIDEO GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THIS SECTION HERE. If you have any queries about these resources please e-mail: ncgeinfo@ncge.ie


Guidance Related Learning Resources - Junior Cycle

NCGE and CareersPortal.ie are delighted to announce that a suite of innovative and integrated Junior Cycle Guidance Related Learning and teaching resources are NOW available.

  • This content provides three units of learning: a unit for first year, second year and third year
  • Each unit of learning has six lessons: eighteen lessons in total
  • Each lesson includes a lesson plan, presentation and student worksheet
  • The lessons are available in English and Irish
  • These lessons are suitable for use both in the classroom and if students are learning remotely

In line with the Whole School Guidance Framework (NCGE, 2017) and in accordance with the holistic model of guidance provision in post primary schools, lesson plans and class content includes a focus on 'developing myself,' 'developing my learning' and 'developing my career path' and may raise issues of a personal or social nature for students.

Guidance Counsellors and other teachers delivering these classroom guidance lessons are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the lesson plans in advance of delivery.
Guidance Counsellors / teachers should be mindful of any issues or considerations that may arise for the students in their school when planning these guidance related learning lessons. 

Within the whole school guidance plan, Guidance Counsellors and teachers will agree the school process for arranging 1-1 guidance counselling session for students in 1st - 3rd year, should the need arise.

Topics presented in the units of learning include (but are not limited to):

  • My School Year
  • My Supports
  • My Goals
  • My Values
  • My Study Skills 
  • My Pathways

You can access these resources directly below, an additional 'Guide to Accessing and Using the Resources' is also provided.

GUIDANCE RELATED LEARNING RESOURCES (Junior Cycle)

There are 3 x units, one for each Year, contained in individual 'Zip' files.
Within each language format the resources for the 6 x lessons are provided in separate folders.
If you need any instructions on 'extracting' these files for saving to your computer / device, please click 
HERE 
(please note - it may take up to 1 minute to download each file)



Post Primary
02/09/2020

NCGE / Careers Portal

Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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Supporting Outgoing Students (the Leaving Certificate class of 2020)

1st September 2020

This webinar aimed to prepare Guidance Counsellors with all information needed to support the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 in terms of receiving their calculated grades, appealing the results, sitting the examinations and receiving their offers.

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

An additional accompanying resource 'Calculated Grades and associated choices: Information for LC2020 Students and Parents' is available directly under this post.



Post Primary
01/09/2020

NCGE / NEPS (David Carroll, Educational Psychologist)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Supporting-Outgoing-Students-Presentation-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
Resource Link

Psychological First Aid - Supporting Students - Leaving Certificate 2020

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a psycho-social tool used to support people at times of crisis. 
This narrated PowerPoint presentation developed by NEPS and aimed at Guidance Counsellors , provides a framework which can be applied when supporting students who may be distressed  upon receiving the Leaving Certificate calculated grades on Monday, Sept 7th.



Post Primary
01/09/2020

NEPS

  1. File NEPS-PP-Psychological-First-Aid-Supporting-Students-Leaving-Certificate2020-EN.pptx
Submitted Resource
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Calculated grades and associated choices

This document collates and summarises key information for students and parents of the Leaving Certificate class of 2020. This sheet contains information on: 

  • calculated grades
  • appealing calculated grades
  • sitting exams in November 2020
  • CAO offers
  • how to access support


Post Primary
31/08/2020

NCGE

  1. File Information Sheet -LC-Class2020-EN.docx
  2. File Information Sheet -LC-Class2020-GA.docx
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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An ABC of digitalised Guidance & links with pedagogy

27th August 2020

This webinar aimed to reassure Guidance Counsellors that they can be confident in their provision of digital guidance. 
The practice of providing Guidance online or over the phone was discussed in a practical way with links to pedagogy and Guidance training.


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

An additional accompanying resource 'Setting the Scene: ‘lights camera action ‘– an ABC of online Guidance delivery' is available directly under this post.



Post Primary
27/08/2020

NCGE / Aisling Fleming (School of Human Development - DCU)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-ABC-Online-Guidance-Presentation-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
Resource Link

Setting the Scene: ‘lights camera action ‘– an ABC of online Guidance delivery

A self-reflection checklist for Guidance Counsellors to consider and check if they are ready to begin to provide Guidance online and highlight any areas that require more planning or practice.



Post Primary
26/08/2020

NCGE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Online-Guidance-ABC-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Online-Guidance-ABC-GA.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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Guidance and Returning to School for Academic Year 2020-2021

25th August 2020

This webinar set the scene for academic year 2020-2021 and supported Guidance Counsellors with their planning and organisation as they return to work. All relevant and contemporary issues e.g. the concept and practicalities of blended learning are addressed.

This webinar provided content and guidance on:

  • Adapting the Whole School Guidance Plan to include digitalised guidance.
  • Protocol for one-to-one Guidance Counselling (including contracting/record-keeping and what happens if the call gets disconnected
  • How to target/prioritise students.
  • Planning issues and what to discuss/agree with school management
  • Self-care for the Guidance Counsellor
  • Outline of programme of CPD
  • A ‘checklist’ for the Guidance Counsellor to support them with the transition back to school

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

Additional accompanying resources

  • Digitalised Guidance Planning (template)
  • A Checklist for Guidance Counsellors: transitioning back to school in academic year 2020-2021

...are available directly under this post.



Post Primary
25/08/2020

NCGE / Dr Michael Redmond (JMB)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Guidance-Returning-School-Presentation-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
Resource Link

Digitalised Guidance Planning (template)

This resource was developed in response to requests from several Guidance Counsellors asking for a template or insert on Digitalised Guidance for the Whole School Guidance Plan. This resource provides some suggestions for what Guidance Counsellors and School Management might discuss and agree to add to a Whole School Guidance Plan. This resource makes suggestions for schools based on all Department publications up to September 2020. This template and any other insert(s) into the Whole School Guidance plan should be reviewed regularly (e.g. on an annual basis).



Post Primary
24/08/2020

NCGE

  1. File NCGE-PP-Digitalised-Guidance-Planning-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-Digitalised-Guidance-Planning-GA.docx
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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A Checklist for Guidance Counsellors: transitioning back to school in academic year 2020-2021

This resource aims to support Guidance Counsellors in their thinking and planning as they return to school for academic year 2020-2021. This checklist provides some ideas for Guidance Counsellors to discuss with their Student Support Teams and school management in order for the transition back to school to be as seamless as possible, given the school closures in March 2020. This checklist is not meant to be prescriptive nor final and activities and discussions will differ in each school, in line with local circumstances and student needs.



Post Primary
24/08/2020

NCGE

  1. File NCGE-PP-GC-Checklist-Sept2020-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-GC-Checklist-Sept2020-GA.docx
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
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Getting Started in your new School: A webinar for newly qualified Guidance Counsellors

21st August 2020

Part of a suite of webinars that the NCGE is delivering regarding phase 1 of returning to school. This phase is concerned with ‘re-entry’ and ‘settling in’.
A wide range of topics on the provision of Guidance in post-primary schools during the academic year 2020/21 are addressed and a large number of pragmatic resources will be introduced and explained within each webinar to support practice around each topic.

This webinar supported Guidance Counsellors who are recently qualified and who will begin to work in post-primary schools in their new role in September 2020.

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' 
An additional accompanying resource 'Settling in - Slow down to Catch up' is available directly under this post.



Post Primary
21/08/2020

NCGE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-NewGCs-Presentation-EN.pdf
Autumn 2020 Webinar Series
Resource Link