Practitioner Resources

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

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

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

'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/Spring 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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Episode 3: 'Four Key Principles for Working in Guidance' with Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE director Jennifer McKenzie meets with Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE. Deirdre discusses her background and origins in Guidance, ongoing developments and research in the UK, and the four key principles which inform her work: 

  • Keeping people switched onto learning
  • Encouraging people not to close down opportunities too early
  • Broadening horizons and challenging assumptions 
  • Creating relevant exposure to, and experiences of, the world of work

Dr Hughes provides some wise words of advice for guidance community in Ireland, including to remember “the art of the possible” and to look after ourselves! 

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

DMH Associates 

CiCi, Careers Chatbot (currently in development) 

Scotland’s Careers Strategy: Moving Forward (Feb 2020) 

A freelance academic researcher, career development professional and government policy adviser, Dr Deirdre Hughes of DMH Associates has written over 125 articles and book chapters, and made over 200 presentations to international, national and regional professional groups dealing with all-age careers work, employment and skills issues. She is co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017). 


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NCGE Podcast Series

NCGE / Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

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Episode 2: 'The Magic Wand: Lifelong Guidance for Everyone' with Aisling Fleming

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE Post Primary Coordinator Dr Carol Guildea is in conversation with Mary Stokes, NCGE FET Coordinator and Aisling Fleming, DCU. This episode discusses a shared vision of the provision of guidance for everyone, and how this may be achieved through: developing guidance awareness among colleagues, clients, parents etc, challenging normative gender roles and stereotypes in expectations of clients, providing a reflective space; ensuring GCs have access to each other, and more. 

What works? Career-related learning in primary schoolsDr. Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill (Education and Employers) and Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE (DMH Associates) (2018) 

Aisling Fleming is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Guidance Counselling programmes in Dublin City University. She holds an MSc in Guidance Counselling and a BA (Hons) in International Business. With over 18 years’ experience in both the business and education sectors. Within business, she has worked as a HR and recruitment specialist and in management in both public and private sector organisations. She has designed and delivered employability training to jobseekers in community settings and to individuals and groups including the EU Youth Guarantee. Aisling also has extensive experience in the education sector working with second and third level students to facilitate their understanding of the working world and skills employers are looking for. 

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NCGE Podcast Series

NCGE / Aisling Fleming

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Episode 1: 'Challenges & collaboration with Independent Community Education in FET' with Tara Farrell

January 2021

this, the FIRST episode of 'The NCGE Podcast', FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes speaks with Tara Farrell about engaging the Community Education conversation in relation to collaboration with FET Guidance, equity, social inclusion and more.  
For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

Longford Women’s Link  



Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults (DELSA) 

SHE - (SHE school) 

European Association for the Education of Adults  Outreach and Access in Adult Learning: Access in Rural Areas Nov 2020 

Tara Farrell is the CEO of Longford Women’s Link. She is also Chairperson of AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation made up of 400 members across Ireland. A native of Roscommon, Tara has over 20 years’ experience in the Community, Voluntary and Education sectors, in a variety of areas including Governance, Project Management, Social Economy, Gender Equality, Conflict Resolution and engaging in Broadcast and Social Media. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and also lectures in Human Rights and Equality at St. Angela’s College (National University of Ireland Galway) in Sligo. She has previously taught Political Science in the University of Limerick and Management Development at Dublin City University. Tara is also a trustee of Irish Rural Link and Roscommon Women’s Network.

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NCGE Podcast Series

NCGE / Tara Farrell

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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