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GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS

Guidance in schools refers to a range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence that assist students to make personal and social, educational and career choices about their lives and to make transitions consequent on these choices.

THE SCHOOL GUIDANCE PROGRAMME

Guidance is provided through the School Guidance Programme, which is a specific set of learning experiences which a school provides in response to the guidance needs of its students.

THE SCHOOL GUIDANCE PLAN

A school guidance plan provides direction as it states the objectives and priorities of the provision of guidance in a school. It enhances the provision of guidance by targeting the needs of students and focuses the school’s resources to where they are needed most. It also allows staff to contribute to developments and changes in a positive and collaborative way

GUIDANCE ACTIVITIES THAT ASSIST STUDENTS TO MAKE CHOICES INCLUDE:

Counselling – helping students to explore their thoughts and feelings, and the choices open to them; giving care and support to students learning to cope with the many aspects of growing up.

Assessment – helping students to obtain a better self-understanding through the use of psychometric tests and other inventories.

Information – providing students with objective and factual data on education and training opportunities, occupations, labour market information, entitlements etc.

Advice – making suggestions based on the advisor’s own knowledge and experience.

Educational Development Programmes – facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills relating to studying, examination performance, choices of subjects and levels.

Personal and Social Development Programmes – facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills relating to a student’s personal and social development, selfawareness, decision-making and planning.

Referral – this includes two types of activity:

  1. i) referral of an individual student by the guidance counsellor to other Professionals outside of the school, e.g. The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS);
  2. ii) referral of an individual student to the guidance counsellor by teachers, Board of Management, school management, and parents. The voluntary participation in counselling of the referred student must be respected by all concerned