Academic and career guidance content (ACGC)
This year, the school boards are implementing the Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) for elementary cycle 3.
When this implementation was announced, the FPPE cautioned the Ministère against attempting to solve the lack of guidance services with prescribed content. As a matter of fact, Quebec elementary schools have hardly any professional guidance services. And there are clearly not enough guidance professionals at the secondary level either. The average ratio has now reached 2,200 students per guidance counsellor (G.C.). Yet, there is great need for these services.
We have also observed, thanks to pilot projects carried out in 2016–2017, that the involvement of guidance professionals is key in reaching the ACGC objectives.
The FPPE is currently in touch with the members in charge of implementing the ACGC in various Quebec school boards and has noted that the situation varies greatly from one place to the other. Where there was a resource dedicated to the Guidance-Oriented Approach, there is now an ACGC resource. However, in most cases this resource was not added.
The workload of some high school professionals has increased, as they must now provide support to elementary teachers. Although teacher coaching is necessary, it often takes the form of training, which will not be enough to meet the needs and expectations of the different communities. Some tools still need to be developed, for example. The professional staff we spoke with is worried about the lack of continuity between elementary and high school. In short, without coaching, the objectives might not be met.
The FPPE and its affiliated unions are pursuing their lobbying work with both the school boards and the Ministère de l’Éducation.
La Passerelle January 2018