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Welcome to the February 2021 ‘NCGE Bulletin’. Following the Government decision in January that education settings will remain closed and return to remote teaching and learning due to public health restrictions, the Department of Education and its agencies remain open and provide supports to the education sector. In this Bulletin we highlight some of the supports NCGE and others continue to provide and develop. We encourage you to use these in your remote delivery of Guidance. As NCGE remains open, the staff of NCGE are on hand as we work together throughout this challenging time. Please feel free to contact any member of the team when required. We wish you well.

‘GUIDANCE MATTERS’ – 2021: Call for Submissions
Guidance counsellors and other guidance professionals (from Ireland and abroad) are invited to submit content for Guidance Matters. NCGE’s twice yearly guidance magazine. NCGE welcomes content which promotes the development of and highlights good practice in guidance. Those interested in submitting content for Guidance Matters should complete the form linked to below. There you can also find detailed ‘content guidelines’. We suggest that you first review past issues. Final deadline for receipt of contributions for the next (May 2021) issue is Friday 9th of April 2021.

Article Submission

POST-PRIMARY: 2021 Webinar Series
Both school Guidance Counsellors and school management are invited to participate in all NCGE Post Primary Webinars. Webinars are hosted on the ‘Zoom’ platform and certificates of participation are issued following attendance. Thank you to the hundreds of Guidance Counsellors and members of school management who have taken part in the 2021 series to date. If you missed the first four in the series you can still view them, as all webinars are recorded and subsequently made available on the NCGE website.

There is one remaining webinar in the current series:
‘Whole School Guidance and Looking At Our Schools’ – 2nd March: 2pm – 3.30pm

This webinar will focus on planning and discuss how to link Whole School Guidance (2017) with the LAOS (2016) approach, mapping the two frameworks to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of planning in post-primary schools.

Register to Participate
NCGE Post Primary Webinars – Recordings and Resources

POST-PRIMARY: Resources to Support Digital Guidance Delivery
Per the communication sent directly to schools on the 29th of January, there continues to be variety of NCGE and other supports available for many aspects of digitalised guidance planning and practice. These include online resources and templates for (remote) Guidance planning, student/Guidance Counsellor resources for use in (remote) practice, recorded webinars (as referenced above) and many others. You can access all Post Primary and Euroguidance Ireland resources by clicking the boxed links further below. These specific resource sections may be of interest to you at this time in working with students online.
>>’Digital Approaches’ – NCGE
>>’Covid-19 Specific Resources’  – NCGE
>>Recorded Webinars (incl. Presentations & Accompanying Resources) – NCGE
>>Guidance Related Learning – Junior Cycle – NCGE / Careers Portal
>>Reimagining Work Experience – NCGE / Exit-Entry
>>Euro-Quest – NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland
>>Wellbeing advice and resources during COVID-19 – NEPS

ALL NCGE Post-Primary Resources
ALL Euroguidance Ireland Resources

POST-PRIMARY: Sharing YOUR examples of Practice
NCGE would like to invite post-primary Guidance Counsellors to get in touch and let us know about a positive digital guidance experience that worked well. This can be a small change you made to practice, or a bigger school wide change in relation to Guidance delivery. Please email [email protected] to discuss this further.
You can continue to provide us with other examples of practice that have worked well for you and students by completing the short form linked to below.

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FET: Working to enhance FET-Wide Supports:
NCGE is aware of the significant and ongoing challenges being faced by Guidance Counsellors and Guidance Services in the ’wider’ FET arena. Of particular urgency would be the real need – as expressed by PLC/CFE Guidance Counsellors – for appropriate and ongoing CPD and supervision. NCGE has just recently surveyed PLC and CFE Guidance Counsellors, and we continue to establish enhanced communications with this valuable cohort within FET. In line with this, we are currently exploring (as piloted within NCGE Post Primary) the development of a ’virtual work experience’ programme’ for Level 5/6 programmes. This will be a collaboration with the company ’Exit-Entry’, who have been working with NCGE to date.

FET: DHFERIS Working Groups
The Department of Further, Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science have considerable activity ongoing. NCGE is engaged with two significant Working Groups. The Adult Literacy, Numeracy & Digital Strategy (ALNDS) Group is an interdepartmental stakeholder group to advise, support and guide SOLAS at four keys stages of the development process. Chaired by the Minister, this important working Group includes representatives from key Government Departments, relevant state agencies and core stakeholder organisations. This group will meet at 4 key stages during the process: at the outset; following the consultation process; when an initial draft strategy has been produced; and at finalisation stage. NCGE is involved, attending and inputting to meetings and responding to the research and documents generated by SOLAS for this group.
>>Read a recent ‘Guidance Matters’ article about the Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy for Ireland


​NCGE have been invited to participate on the DFHERIS ‘Student & Wellbeing Working Group’, chaired by the Union of Students in Ireland. In NCGE’s work to support Guidance Counselling and Guidance Services across the lifespan we will endeavour to ensure that this group is aware and informed regarding the significant developments in Post Primary and FET Guidance policy and practice. Further to this, NCGE have been invited to participate in a ‘subgroup’ to consider the ‘mapping’ of provision – where the envisioned more streamlined and collaborative delivery of services will better support students and learners.

FET: Data Security for ETB AEGS Guidance Management System and Data gathering
In order to continue to maintain security of client data and GDPR compliance, and to continue to facilitate FET Management access to statistical reports, NCGE have engaged IT company – Salespulse – to design a series of upgrades. These upgrades involve development of more secure passwords at the ‘data inputting’ level’ while NCGE continues to engage the facilitation of appropriate access to AGMS reports for FET Managers.

NOW AVAILABLE – The first 3 episodes of the ‘NCGE Podcast’ !!
The ‘NCGE Podcast’ aims to broaden the perspective of Guidance in broadly ranged areas of interest and best practice, locally, nationally and internationally. A series of episodes relevant to Post Primary, Further Education and Training (VET in Europe) and European considerations for Guidance are available on the NCGE website and the ‘Soundcloud’ platform. Each is approximately 45 mins duration. Click below to listen the January 2021 episodes on the NCGE website and HERE to start following on Soundcloud today. Stay ‘tuned’ for more !

The ‘NCGE Podcast’

Career guidance policy and practice in the pandemic – Webinar
The 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 purpose of the webinar on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 1:30 – 3:00 pm [Irish Time] is to share the main findings of this publication, and bring together policymakers, social partners, career guidance practitioners and service managers to exchange knowledge, experiences and practices in an effort to understand how to address existing gaps, support recovery efforts and enable long-term system improvements. The panel session will include public sector representatives, social partners as well as the voice of practitioners and users of who will discuss pressing challenges and the role of guidance in building back better. The webinar will aim to shed light on:
• How the pandemic has created disruption of services and gaps in coverage;
• How career guidance services have adapted their response during the pandemic;
• How can career guidance systems be improved to better help support individual careers during economic recovery.

Register to Participate

Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) Resources
Per communications already received by IGC members; there are a suite of supports available on the IGC website on protocols for delivering online guidance counselling during Covid-19. For more information go to https://igc.ie/resources-members/. Ongoing CPD opportunities can be seen at https://igc.ie/continuous-professional-development/.
Monitor IGC e-mails for more updates.

The official Government information portal, providing information on measures being taken to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19, is available below. The general public is asked to follow this advice and stay informed.
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
The latest Department of Education information is available at:
https://www.education.ie/covid19 

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