Second-level Guidance and Counselling Community of Practice 

Alice O’Connor is the Guidance Counsellor in Stepaside Educate Together Second level School in Dublin. She has started a community of practice for Guidance Counsellors working in Educate Together schools. Alice tells us a little more about the group below.  

“A group of Educate Together second level Guidance Counsellors are coming together to form a Community of Practice with a view to supporting each other in their guidance work. It is hoped the group will be beneficial in a variety of ways, including;  

  • sharing resources;  
  • accessing training/CPD;  
  • networking;  
  • collaborating on guidance events;  
  • managing guidance through blended learning;  
  • whole school guidance planning and policies;  
  • building community links with FE/HE/Solas/employers/community organisations;  
  • linking with national guidance networks;  
  • Senior Cycle planning;  
  • supporting students’ subject choice and subject planning;  
  • restorative practice.  

We will also hopefully have a bit of fun, and more!” 

For further details on getting involved or joining the group please contact Alice from Stepaside ETSS at  

A current strategic objective of the network is to “establish Educate Together as a leader of school communities of practice.”

If you would like to set up a Community of Practice for Educate Together second-level teachers in another area or subject, please contact Laura Dooley at the Educate Together national office: