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Talking Education: the XLC Project presented by Nuala Jackson

There will be public talk in MCR-Community Centre on Thursday, 26th of March, 8 p.m. with Nuala Jackson.

After leaving the Ursuline order Nuala Jackson continued her teaching career and taught in Waterpark College for many years. After retiring she founded XLC, a school dedicated to helping students get through their Junior and Leaving Certificates in an environment that fosters respect towards each and every student as an individual. Initially the school was founded to meet a gap in the system for students who were disillusioned with the rigid, impersonal school system they found themselves in. Many of the students had been suspended, expelled or had dropped out of school.

There is quite a social mix in the XLC-project at present, with 60 % of the participants coming from middle-upper class families and rather prosperous areas around Waterford. Nuala and her team have been amazingly successful in helping these students to achieve great exam results and a new attitude to learning with their unique approach. She is well known for her dedication to education.

Over 90% of participating students have achieved a leaving certificate in a two-year study programme. Over 95% of participants have achieved at least 5 subjects in junior certificate.

Nuala says about the XLC-project,

“We have:
The happiest students.
The best tutors, who love their work.
The best learning outcomes.
Focused co-operative students.
Partnership of learning in small groups.
No compulsion.
No sanctions.
No discipline problems.
Our target is a 100% success rate for all students in all subjects.
One for all and all for one, a family ethos.”

Since 1998 more than 400 happy and thriving Early School Leavers have achieved academic qualification through the XLC-project. All have moved from the margins of alienation and social exclusion to become contributing members of society in work, apprenticeship, or college.

What others have said:
“A unique effective and successful response to Early School Leaving” (Andy Battell Pathways)
“The XLc Project is meeting a great and necessary need in Waterford city” (Pat Doyle & Ned Hogan Juvenile Liaison Officers)
“This Project has made such a difference for those who would otherwise have had no opportunity to get a Junior or Leaving Certificate.” (John Caulfield President of St. Vincent de Paul Society)
“The XLc Project in Waterford City is meeting a great need and has my support.” (William Lee Bishop of Waterford & Lismore)
“The XLc gave me the opportunity to move on in life. It’s brilliant and I love it. Thanks to XLc.” (Leanne O’Neill Student)

Within the context of education in Ireland, the approach of the XLC-project is unique. It is a practical application of a concept of common sense: coercion simply does not work.

While XLC works with teenagers, all of those who came into trouble in the mainstream school system have a history that starts far earlier than in secondary school. Nuala will focus on the idea of ‘child-centredness’ in education, a term that is used as a ‘carte-blanche’ by nearly every educational institution around the country nowadays, be it crèche, primary or secondary school.

The talk with Nuala Jackson was originally announced to be held in Sligo School Project, but date and venue have been moved now to Thursday, 26th of March in M.C.R. Community Centre. The talk will start at 8 p.m. and there will be time for discussion afterwards.

M.C.R. Community Centre is located at Mail Coach Road. The building is in the second row and can not be seen from the road. Coming from Pearse Road, pass the petrol station and Borza, entrance to car park on your left. Coming from the Hawk’s Well, pass through traffic lights, entrance to car park beside public phone cell on your right.

No entry-fee, donations welcome.

For more details contact: 071 9150428.

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