Guidance in second-level schools refers to a range of learning experiences, provided in developmental sequences that assist students to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked, areas of
Counselling is a key part of the school guidance programme, offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis. Counselling may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or combinations of these.
Whole School Guidance is delivered on a continuum of support. This is where the school is broken down into three sections; support for all, support for some and support for few. All staff involved in the education of students has a role in each stage of the continuum. This system ensures that there is sufficient support given to all students as they progress though their second level education.
To foster a sense of self within the students where they are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. By being aware of their strengths and weaknesses a student can make informed life decisions that are tailored to suit their individual needs.
To identify and explore opportunities that may arise during their school life that may benefit them now and in the future.
To aid each student gain the competence needed to confide in the guidance counsellor, a member of the pastoral care team or a trusted staff member.
Finally, to assist each student in their quest for independence as this allows them to take responsibility for their own actions.
Guidance classes are provided for all senior cycle students on a weekly basis and the Guidance Counsellor will collaborate with the SPHE/Social Studies teacher in delivering a module of Guidance related learning at Junior Cycle. The Guidance Counsellor is also involved in parent information evenings and parent teacher meetings.
Referral for individual appointments can be made through many different means, namely, student self-referral, a parent contacting the Guidance Counsellor directly, a teacher or member of staff.