50% drop in one-to-one student counselling - survey

Monday 14 January 2013 17.07
The study found that cuts had diverted guidance counsellors to more classroom-based duties
The study found that cuts had diverted guidance counsellors to more classroom-based duties

An independent study of second level guidance counsellors has found that Department of Education cutbacks last year led to a reduction of over 50% in the time available for one-to-one student counselling.

The study, for the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, also found the cutbacks have forced school management to divert guidance counsellors away from one-to-one engagements with students to more classroom-based duties.

Overall, there has been a 21% reduction in the time allocated to guidance and counselling services.

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