Practitioner Resources

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

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NCGE - A Whole School Guidance Framework

This Framework is intended to be a resource for schools to support the planning, design and delivery of the whole school guidance programme in line with the requirements of The Education Act (1998), that schools provide students with “access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices” (section 9c). A continuum of support model for the school guidance programme, similar to the school support model of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), is presented in the Framework – guidance for all, guidance for some and guidance for a few.The continuum comprises a whole school approach to guidance through guidance-related learning to individualised supports for students.The Framework identifies three areas of learning to facilitate students’ development in eight areas of competence. The areas of learning include: learning relating to oneself (personal/social development), educational opportunities (educational development) and career decision making (career development).

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WholeSchoolGuidanceFramework-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WholeSchoolGuidanceFramework-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Complete-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Complete-PDF-GA.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Blank-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Blank-PDF-GA.pdf
  7. File NCGE-PP-Wheel-Blank-PPT-EN.pptx
Developing My Career Path, Developing My Learning, Developing Myself, Guidance for ALL, Guidance for FEW, Guidance for SOME
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Generation Apprenticeship: Accelerating Real-Life Learning

This article highlights how guidance is an essential element in improving the attractiveness of apprenticeships thereby empowering young people to make well-founded choices. A range of new choices are now available in Insurance Practice, Electrical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Manufacturing Engineering, International Financial Services, ICT, Commis Chef and Accounting with more on the way.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

James Eustace

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Generation-Apprenticeship-EN.pdf

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Resilience, Character Building and Identity

This webinar and accompanying presentation address and highlight the importance of resilience and the development of mental toughness in supporting one’s ability to cope with uncertainty, changing and potentially distressing situations.  A focus is placed on how to help young people develop resilience and how it relates to stress and wellbeing.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Terri Morrissey

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Resilience-Character-Identity-EN.pdf
Developing Myself
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Developing a Mindful Approach in Guidance Counselling: Care for Self and Others

This webinar discusses the concept and practice of mindfulness. A presentation accompanies the webinar. 

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


Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Paul King

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Mindful-Approach-Guidance-EN.pdf

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Improving Career Interventions with Cognitive Information Processing Theory

This webinar and accompanying presentation take us through the key components of CIP theory and applies these to guidance practice in Ireland.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Jim Sampson

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Improving Career Interventions-EN.pdf
Developing My Career Path
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Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality

This webinar and accompanying presentation takes us through the key findings of a major international review: Careers Education: International Literature Review commissioned by the UK Education Endowment Foundation and explores the implications for gender and equality in changing education and labour markets.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Career-Matters-EN.pdf

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Career Counselling: facilitating career learning and development

In this webinar and accopanying presentation, Liane Hambly discusses the role of career counselling in facilitating career learning and development. Liane presents a definition of career counselling and takes us through a three stage model for career counselling delivery (establishing the foundations, exploration of needs and addressing needs) and the theory underpinning this model.  Hambly concludes the webinar with a brief discussion of Dual Processing Theory and the implications of this theory for career guidance and counselling. 

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Liane Hambly

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Career-Counselling-PDF-EN.pdf

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Action-Oriented Hope-Centered Career Development

This webinar and accompanying presentation presents an action-oriented model of career development which places hope at the centre of the process.

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

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Dr. Spencer Niles

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Action-Hope-EN.pdf

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Alternative visions of employability: the role of critical pedagogy

This article focuses on the learner’s ‘career’ and its potential to be placed under academic scrutiny via the reflexive exploration of theory.  This article demonstrates how this pedagogical approach can provide a means toward critical career understanding and how this influences future student career enactment

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Ricky Gee

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Alternate-Visions-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Alternate-Visions-GA.pdf

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Perspectives on the use of ability tests in schools

This video was created after a number of CPD workshops were undertaken in Irish post primary schools and presents the various perspectives on the use of ability tests.

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

Post Primary

Declan Fitzgeralnd and Evin Cowhey

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