Leaving Cert results 2013, A year later – the transformation of The Homework Club to Confidence Club

So it is one year on - our first state exams results since transforming The Homework Club into Confidence Club and I have been asking myself what are the real results?

In the past I found myself dancing around the real issues with students - as parents and students alike thought they were attending some form of "grind school" we spent more time by stealth in the background getting to the real reasons behind what was going on ... it was often a case of me waiting for an opportunity in the hall to chat casually to a student or waiting for the chance when a parent collected their charge.

Now it is all a lot more straight forward and upfront - which means less time waiting for the chance to talk about what is really happening. All too often the maths result or other challenge is just a factor in what is really happening in a young persons life.

This means a year later I can say that we have worked with real people, real problems and in record time. Many of the students I have met have required no more help from me or my team after the initial hour and a half meeting. Their whole lives have improved not just the "maths problem" or the "english essay rows". The time my team have spent in peoples house has been less that we would have needed in the school for greater return.

All round as what we do is not conventional in anyway it didn't make sense to continue with a conventional school model. I felt often that we had a revolving door as we got results too quickly and now we get them even quicker with a wider spectrum of people.

Another change for me is that I have often felt that we work with students that everyone else has washed their hands of - now we work with the really outside the box stories that no one has thought of! I truly enjoy the challenge and nothing has ever shocked me. I think there is no way now we can be seen as a simple "grind school".

I'm looking forward to what this year brings and all the amazing young people I will meet along the way.

Dr. Naoisé

Expression Developist™


Theatre Review for “Tell” a show about Oralism and teaching deaf children in Ireland

A very late night blog post but I need to get this up quickly so you don't miss your chance to see this great show! If you have always wanted to understand the politics behind why some deaf people sign and others don't, and to understand why Irish and French people can communicate better than they can with their other neighbours .. or what it is like to be overloaded and overwhelmed as to how you process and take in information - THIS is the show for you! Go see as part of the latest THEATREclub festival...


The real irony for me too was that outside the theatre is a collection of tables for you to write you comments and ideas.. we began using this method of writing onto the tables dirrectly at The Homework Club almost 3 years ago because we had a number of profoundly deaf students at the time and they were finding it hard to follow maths in particular! By writing onto the tables we reduced the distance to the material, no one needed to turn their back to write on the board and you were able to instantly write your questions and keep the group dynamic going regardless of your hearing needs! There was no space for "lost in translation."


This show for me shows the idea of what it is like to not be able to read and what it feels like for me on a daily basis faced with written material to decipher. In fact at times in the show with the noise levels, video, pictures and movement I was hard pushed not to be really overwhelmed! This is what it feels like in the written world for me, especially in school and university! The classic trick to show this is that you turn a radio to white noise and continue talking - this show demonstrates this idea to a intense scale beyond anything I have ever experienced!


Enjoy the show 🙂 Dr Naoisé Expression Developist

"Tell" is brought to you by Gemma and Stephen in collaboration with Dylan Coburn Gray



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Welcome to the Confidence Club

One step closer to fulfilling a personal dream of mine - "to make school a happier, creative, more successful and enjoyable place for all students, regardless of their differences"... Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

There is always a balance between making long term changes in education and supporting those people currently in the system!

One of the many reasons why Students attending The Homework Club become so successful is because of the awareness they have of their own Potential, Personality and Learning Style and how these effect their own educational success. Every Student at The Homework Club is set-up to work to their best abilities within the environment through an initial interview.

The Confidence Club now offers this service to everybody, especially those restricted through distance and who aren't able to attend our classes at The Homework Club.