Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (163)

Gary Gannon


163. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Education the amount spent on continuing professional development for guidance counsellors in each of the years 2018 to 2020; and the budget allocation for same in 2021. [7794/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The majority of CPD for guidance counsellors is provided by the Supervision of Guidance Counsellors programme administered by Monaghan Education Support Centre and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Funding provided for CPD for guidance counsellors since 2018 is as follows:

2018 €0.138m

2019 €0.216m

2020 €0.186m

The provisional budget for 2021 is €0.189m

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of CPD moved online during 2020. This did not affect the level of CPD provided to guidance counsellors. The level of CPD provided was similar to 2019.