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Guidance in Oatlands College

Guidance Counsellor – Ms Clodagh McDonagh

“The guidance counsellors play a central role in ensuring that the whole school Guidance Programme, in collaboration with all its members,is effective in meeting the pastoral care needs of allthe students.” Institute of Guidance Counsellors

Guidance and counselling is an integral part of our school’s educational provision.  It can be categorised under three headings:

  1. Personal and Social
  2. Educational
  3. Career

Personal and Social Counselling is a key part of the Guidance service provided in the school.  Good mental health and wellbeing for every student is prioritised in Oatlands College.  Personal and group counselling is offered to students in both times of personal crisis and periods of concern or worry. Counselling will help students to develop coping skills for their ever changing circumstances and resolve issues in their personal and social life.  Strong links are maintained with outside agencies and appropriate referral is encouraged where necessary.  Educational Guidance and Counselling is a process that begins in first year and continues right through to sixth year where students are supported in developing a love of learning.  Students are encouraged to explore different learning opportunities within the school curriculum and extracurricular activities provided and persevere at challenging tasks.  Student’s educational progress and attainment is supported at all times through a variety of methods including, study tips, aptitude tests and continuous communication with both students and parents.

Career Counselling is an essential part of the Guidance service in the school.  The aim is to empower students to make informed decisions about their future career choice and develop strong research skills in acquiring information on courses and careers they are interested in.


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