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

If you have any queries about these resources please e-mail: ncgeinfo@ncge.ie


Record Templates for Guidance Counselling One-to-One Meetings with Students

In keeping with professional good practice in guidance; records should be kept of all meetings with students.
Examples of simple, one-page templates for use during an educational/career guidance one-to-one meeting and a personal guidance counselling one-to-one meeting with students can be accessed below.

It may be helpful to print and photocopy these (completed) documents after each meeting with a student so both the Guidance Counsellor and student share the same record of the meeting.


Post Primary
18/12/2018

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-PersonalGC-1-1-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-EDCareers-PDF-EN.pdf
Guidance for ALL
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Applying for Jobs

The resource outlines a number of helpful tips for students applying for work experience including how to identify what to apply for and how to prepare a CV and cover letter.

This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups.

The resource is provided in word format and contains 3 x Sections

  • INFORMATION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS
  • INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
  • 'UNDERSTANDNG YOUR INTERESTS'

You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students.


Post Primary
05/12/2018

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Applying-for-Jobs-EN.docx
Developing My Career Path, Developing My Learning, Guidance for ALL
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Exam Taking Skills

This resource involves tips for students and parents. The purpose of this resource is to help Guidance Counsellors to deal with many of the issues presented by students who wish to improve their approach to examinations.
It provides a framework on which to explore some of the concerns of students.

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 4 x main sections.

  • INFORMATION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
  • INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
  • PREPARING FOR EXAMS: THE ESSENTIALS OF EXAM PREPARATION

You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students and parents.


Post Primary
04/12/2018

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Exam-Skills-EN.docx
Developing My Learning
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Striving for social justice: towards emancipatory guidance practices

This webinar recording with Prof. Ronald Sultana explores social justice, the impact of neo-liberalism on people’s lives and on public services, why guidance matters and how guidance can contribute to the emancipatory project.

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below


Post Primary
26/11/2018

Prof. Ronald Sultana

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Striving-Justice-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf
Developing Myself
Resource Link

A Different Approach for a Different Brain - Guiding Students with Asperger’s Syndrome towards Achievable Goals

This article is intended to aid Guidance Counsellors working with students with Asperger’s Syndrome / ASD Level 1. 
The first step is to understand the condition.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'


Post Primary
26/10/2018

Veronica Leaney

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Asbergers-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Asbergers-GA.pdf
Developing My Learning, Developing Myself
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GDPR considerations AEGI AGMS

In May 2018 the Irish and European Data Protection landscape changed significantly following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the set of data management obligations which is currently in effect across the entire European region.These regulations have implications for Adult Education Guidance Services, particularly in relation to the Adult Guidance Management Service database (AGMS). In the context of the development of FET wide Guidance service provision, and with the understanding that the existing AGMS is currently under review and redevelopment this webinar provides a brief overview of the Regulation, the Data Management principles of the Regulation, its impact and the rights of the Data Subject. NCGE plans to develop appropriate GDPR Guidelines for Adult Education Guidance Services in ETB contexts; this webinar therefore informs the current and ongoing use of the AEGI AGMS database in the context of GDPR compliance. It is hosted by NCGE FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes, and Hugh Jones, co-founder of Data Protection specialists Sytorus.

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below


Further Education & Training
26/10/2018

NCGE / Hugh Jones (Sytorus)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Webinar-GDPR-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf

Resource Link

Supporting and Including Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children in Education

This article provides a brief overview of the current refugee crisis in Europe; the experiences of child refugees and; subsequent impacts on their lives and education.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'


Post Primary
19/09/2018

Hilary Harmon

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Refugee-Asylum Seeking-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Refugee-Asylum Seeking-GA.pdf
Developing My Learning, Developing Myself
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Dyslexia: How the Guidance Counsellor can support the student with dyslexia

This article looks at how the guidance counsellor can support the student with dyslexia in Irish post-primary schools.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'


Post Primary
19/09/2018

Wyn Mc Cormack

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Dyslexia-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Dyslexia-GA.pdf
Developing My Learning, Developing Myself
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NCGE FET & Careers Portal MyFutures+ Pilot

NCGE’s role includes informing policy and supporting the development of quality guidance practice in the FET sector. In this context the development of useful and meaningful resources to support quality practice is key. Informed by Quality Assurance and Evidence Guidelines of the ELPGN, NCGE supports the development of practitioner competence, service provision and improvement. NCGE also recognises the need for a cost/benefit for individuals and those funding the guidance service.


Further Education & Training
22/08/2018
CareersPortal / NCGE
  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-MyFuture-Pilot-Report-PDF-EN.pdf

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Subject Choice

This resource is designed as a brief guide to students who are in the process of opting for subjects in the Junior Cycle.
This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups. 

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 5 x Sections:

  • INFORMATION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
  • INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
  • 'UNDERSTANDING YOUR INTERESTS'
  • 'CAREER STATE INVENTORY (CSI)'

You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to parents / students.


Post Primary
09/08/2018

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Subject-Choice-EN.docx
Developing My Career Path, Developing My Learning, Guidance for ALL
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