NCGE WSG Framework: Resources

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).


To facilitate schools in utilising the Framework; NCGE engaged with 16 schools as part of a pilot project from January – May, 2018. The aim of the pilot project was to support schools in implementing the Framework (initially in Junior Cycle), using resources developed by NCGE. 

See an 'NCGE News' article regarding the pilot for additional information.

The resources, which have been updated taking account of feedback from schools participating in the pilot project, are now available for all schools to use.  They are organised in three sections which can be accessed by clicking the links provided in the left sidebar. The resources employ a whole school approach to guidance. 

See a 'Guidance Matters' article  regarding the Dissemination Conference and formal launch of the resources.

It is recommended that schools start with Section 1 and progress to Sections 2 and 3 at their own pace.  Most schools will find that it may take a school year to progress through all the resources and activities. 

NCGE greatly appreciates the contribution that the pilot project schools made to the development of these resources.


NCGE will continue developing additional resources to support schools in implementing the Framework.

Schools with queries on any aspect of the Framework can email Luke Dunne - Guidance Programme Administrator at luke.dunne@ncge.ie