School Guidance Compliance Return

The DES hosted on-line survey can be accessed via the links below:
The orignal final date for the completion of the online questionnaire was 26th October 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: Schools are required to complete the survey in one sitting. It is not possible to log out and log in multiple times. Once logged out all previously completed data will be lost. Schools may receive a 'TIMED OUT' message when attempting to log into the online survey for a second time -  You may access the survey again on the next school day as access to the survey is re-set each evening. 
The documents below set out and clarify the questions which are asked in the online compliance survey above.
This question set is provided to support schools in their preparation for the online compliance survey. Having access to the questions in advance of completing the survey will allow schools time to collect the relevant data and to prepare their responses to the questions asked. It will also ensure that the online survey can be completed within the time set for it.
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Department Circulars 01/2016, 02/2016 and 03/2016 ‘approved allocation of teaching posts’  sets out Guidance as ‘a whole school activity where each school collaboratively develops a Whole-School guidance plan as a means of supporting the needs of students. It is important that all members of staff fully recognise and ensure that guidance permeates every aspect of school life. Guidance plans should outline the school’s approach to guidance generally and how students can be supported and assisted in making choices and successful transitions in the personal and social, educational and career areas’. In this respect, schools are required to ensure that the specific allocation for guidance is used to support students’ needs as set out in the Whole-School Guidance Plan for your school.
Schools should consider how best to align resource allocation with the objectives of the Whole-School Guidance Plan. It is important that a Board of Management of a school exercise oversight by reviewing and updating the Plan at regular intervals. Specifically the Board should consider the plan and how it is resourced before it adopts the plan and makes it available to all staff, parents and students. As part of this important oversight role, arrangements should be put in place whereby the school’s guidance plan is presented to the Board of Management annually.
The purpose of this compliance return is to establish that schools are using their allocation for guidance in accordance with the terms of the Department Circulars outlined above. It is important to note that data returned by schools as required by this compliance return may be subjected to auditing, whole school evaluations and incidental inspections.
A similar compliance survey will be conducted in 2018 which will focus on the use of improved resource provision for the Whole School Guidance Plan provided in circulars 10/17, 11/2017 and 12/17.
The survey requires some preparation on the part of the school to gather relevant information and, for that reason, the survey questions are available above together with a document giving some sample answers. NCGE are available to provide advice and support during this preparation phase.