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Dr Naoise OReilly Newstalk The Right Hook Shane Coleman banning homework

Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly on Newstalk’s The Right Hook interviewed live in studio by Shane Coleman this evening renewing call for homework to be banned in schools.


Zero Quality Assurance in Leaving Cert Exam Corrections says Leading Academic

Zero Quality Assurance in Leaving Cert Exam Corrections says Leading Academic


(Dublin, Ireland, Monday September 3rd 2012).


A leading academic has finally been able to prove over the weekend that Ireland’s leaving cert students have been set up to fail due to being left on borderline marks that can make the difference between passing or failing and getting a higher grade.


Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Ph.D is concerned that she has witnessed categorical proof that there’s no consistency within the exam papers which leads to a domino effect and ‘it’s pot luck on how well you do overall in the exams.’


The Irish woman says, ‘sure this is going to rock the boat but I’m used to starting national debates and young people’s lives are being messed with here.  Afterall, parents and students don’t have a voice and the majority of teachers I speak with tell me they’re afraid to go out on a limb and stick their neck out.’


A simply algorithm could have changed all this and Dr. O’Reilly says, ‘in fact I wrote an algorithm that has been working successfully in an Irish 3rd level institution for a number of years now.’


Dr. O’Reilly started computer programming aged 8 despite being written off all the way through school due to a severe learning difficulty.


Naoisé looks forward to meeting the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn later this month and putting a case before him for a decentralised process where schools have more responsibility for the exam process and there can be exceptional quality assurance in place to prevent any inconsistencies.

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Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly’s latest publication ‘The Purple View’ has emerged from her 3 years of research which has now successfully proven that ‘it’s not a way of seeing or thinking - it’s a way of doing that gets results for everyone.’  Her Purple Learning Project allows everyone to be a successful learner while taking their own attributes of potential, personality and their aptitudes to do this.  It gives all students confidence and control over their learning environment and ultimately it gives everyone a way to express themselves which is what Dr. O’Reilly believes is the key point of education.

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eBook now available for download!

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Interview on LMFM Radio regarding links between Depression, mocks and Gifted Students

This morning I did an interview with LMFM on the latest press release concerning our findings on the links between Depression in students facing the Mocks and how this effects gifted students in particular. How should we change the Mock exam structure to combat these difficulties that are being created for students nationwide?

Link to Radio Interview on LMFM


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3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks

3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks

(Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland, Monday January 23rd 2012).

The results of a 3 year Study by Irish Educationalist, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly, reveal a number of links between the rate of depression & gifted teenagers whose talents may or may not have already been spotted in schools around the Country.

Dr. O’Reilly, Founder of The Homework Club, confirms that teenagers are falling through the cracks in the education system as their talents aren’t recognised & this makes them prone to depression.  In her experience, certain teenagers, depending on their personality types, can also fare worse.

On The Mocks front, she states, by 2nd year in school it’s already been decided whether students are good or bad at Maths for Life.  ‘What are schools setting people up for?’  The Irish Mocks exam structure requires major & urgent reform as the current model is destroying young lives.  Afterall, you can do nothing in life with foundation maths.

There are also disgraceful situations where gifted teenagers who slip up on small stuff in class are branded as ‘slow’ by teachers.


The great homework debate continues

The great homework debate that I started in the Irish media on the 15th November rages on. Below is a link with the latest interview on the topic with Dereck Mooney on RTE radio 1 on Wednesday 23rd November.

I think there has been many interesting points raised during this debate. Including the fact that many teachers have responded saying that they in fact don't want to set large quantities of homework themselves. They only set work because they feel it is expected of them. By asking the quesiton - what is the point of homework? We have raised a great deal of thought and awareness into the topic of education in general.

From the perspective of the Purple Learning Project this has then by default gone on to question the way homework is being set? the type of work and in fact how do we learn? why do we do homework? what skills are we teaching? The debate has raised the point that we are still expecting to just "learn material off" in parrot fashion and that this doesn't suit the majority of students. Repetition doesn't mean success or effective skills for life. At The Homework CLub we promote inclusive very student centred classes where the students are so involved in participating in the subject that they get to really experience the topics at first hand. This means they take away a real understudying for the material, "We always remember what we do". Students don't need to go away and spend hours recreating the material or copying it. When it comes to revision they are simply refreshing their memories and they will do this in the manner that suits them best. It make be a visual mind-map, picture, cartoon or diagram. It may be a practical task with flash cards or play-dough or they could be watching a YouTube clip. Whatever the means it will be a way that matches their learning style.

Interview with Derek Mooney on RTE radio 1

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly




Welcome to the Purple Learning Project.

The aim of the Purple Learning Project Foundation is to create a legacy of the methods which Dr Naoisé O’Reilly has developed since 2009.

The methods in learning and personality theory have been developed while working with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The methods have been applied to the education, business and sporting environments. The ages are in the spectrum of 4 to 70's. The methods include: Purple Profiling, Purple Processing Scales, The Periodic Table of the Development of Results, Forget Phonics Reading Method, Purple Pre-School Success and so on...

There has always been a clear distinction for Dr Naosié in working with people who currently need help within the system and leaving behind something of integrity for the future generations.