BSTAI Conference 2023

The 2023 BSTAI National Conference will take place on Saturday 7th October 2023 in the Johnstown Estate, Enfield, Co. Meath, A83 V070

View the official Conference 2023 page here

There will be a pre-conference dinner at 7.30pm, which will be an ideal opportunity to network with Business teachers from all over Ireland.  Tickets can be purchased at the link below.  Please read below for workshop options before purchasing your ticket.  

Ticket prices

Conference only – €40

Pre-conference dinner and conference – €70

Ticket prices include attendance at conference, tea/coffee, lunch and access to all conference materials and sponsor stands.

Conference Programme

We are delighted to announce our programme for the day.

08.30 – 09.15: Registration, tea/coffee, networking and opportunity to view sponsors’ stands

09.15 – 10.00: Welcome and opening remarks from Honorary National President, Ciara O’Riordan, followed by a plenary presentation by Keynote Speaker, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets, Mairead McGuinness

10.00 – 10.15: 50 Years of the BSTAI 

10.15 – 10.45: Tea/coffee, networking and opportunity to view sponsors’ stands

10.45 – 11.45: Workshops, Session 1 (see below)

11.45 – 12.45: Workshops, Session 2 (see below)

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch, networking and opportunity to view sponsors’ stands

13.45 – 14.45: Inspectorate, Department of Education will discuss their findings from Junior Cycle Business Inspections and their ‘Looking at Business’ publication. NCCA: Sinead Tuohy, update on the development of the New Specification for Leaving Certificate Business

14.45 – 15.15: Workshops, Session 3 (see below) 

15:15 – 15.40: Conference evaluation and resources, raffle and closing remarks

Workshop Details

Please read before choosing your three preferred workshops on Eventbrite.

Oide: Junior Cycle Business Studies

This workshop will support teachers in exploring themes such as Globalisation and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and potential links to the Learning Outcomes within the Junior Cycle Business Studies specification, specifically Learning Outcome 3.7. 

Facilitated by the Oide Business Team with guest speaker Breda O’Sullivan, Corporate Strategy and Planning at IDA Ireland.  Breda will provide teachers with valuable insights into the opportunities of FDI and its role in fostering economic growth and stability and the challenges and opportunities it presents to Ireland’s economy and businesses alike. 

Junior Cycle Business Studies – Approaching Accounting and Economics

This workshop will explore Accounting and Economics in the Junior Cycle Business Studies classroom.  

Facilitated by Rachael Biddulph, Business & Maths teacher in Dominican College, Dublin and Lisa Young, Business & Geography teacher in Salerno Secondary School, Galway. Both are teachers of Junior Cycle Business Studies. 


Leaving Certificate Accounting

This workshop will discuss the teaching of Interpretation of Accounts for Leaving  Certificate Higher Level Accounting.

Facilitated by Alan Ryan, Accounting teacher in St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan.  Sinead O’Donovan, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants will share key points of their submission on the proposed new Accounting specification. 


Leaving Certificate Business – ABQ

This workshop will explore Units 1, 2 & 3 which are examinable for the Applied Business Question in Leaving Certificate 2024.

Facilitated by Padraig Doherty, Business teacher in Moyne Community School, Longford. 


Leaving Certificate Business – Interactive Strategies and Group Learning in the Business Classroom

This workshop will focus on plenary activities and cooperative learning strategies in the Business classroom.  

Facilitated by Julie O’Keeffe & Jayne Lenehan, who are both Leaving Certificate Business teachers in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare.


Leaving Certificate Economics – Incorporating current affairs into classroom teaching, learning and assessment

This workshop will examine how to adapt current affairs stories for use in teaching and learning to create exam-style questions which will empower students to become more active and dynamic learners.

Facilitated by Diarmuid Canning, Leaving Certificate Economics teacher in St. Andrew’s College, Dublin.


Leaving Certificate Economics – The paper and research study: reflecting on four years of the new specification

This workshop will provide valuable insights into the allocation of marks in the Leaving Certificate Economics project focusing on different sections from the perspective of the examiner. 

Facilitated by Pat O’Leary, Economics teacher in Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy.  Pat has extensive experience in marking the Leaving Certificate Economics paper as well as presenting to Economics teachers around Ireland. 


Digital Technologies – Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support teaching, learning, and assessment in the Business classroom.

Discover innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning in the Business classroom in this workshop on leveraging AI for teaching, learning and assessment.  Explore cutting-edge tool and strategies that empower teachers to engage students, personalise instruction, streamline assessment processes and save time. 

Facilitated by Siobhán O’Sullivan, Business & Computers Teacher in Malahide Community School, Dublin and former PDST Digital Technologies Advisor. 


Transition Year Resources – Student Enterprise & Introduction to Tax in TY

This two-part workshop will explore the following: 

Student Enterprise: Linking to TY Business, updates on new Enterprise opportunities in the Student Enterprise Programme, including the new 2023/2024 Smart Business Award. 

Facilitated by Caroline McHale, Business Studies teacher at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow and Education Consultant. 

Introduction to Tax TY: Learn about Revenue’s new Introduction to Tax module for TY students, which is based on common tax scenarios encountered by young adults today. It aims to assist teachers in preparing their students for real-life scenarios in which they may encounter tax, such as the world of work and online shopping. 

Facilitated by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners


Gnó as Gaeilge

Foghlaim faoi mhodúl nua na gCoimisinéirí Ioncam ‘Modúl idirbhliana – Intreoir do Cháin’. Tá an modúl seo dírithe ar thaithí saoil dhaoine óga agus tá sé le heolas agus le treoir a thabhairt do dhaoine óga agus iad ag plé le cúrsa cánach, sa saol oibre agus siopadóireacht ar líne, mar shampla. 

Facilitated by COGG/Coimisinéirí Ioncam


Free parking is available at the hotel.


B&B rates €199 single and €209 double.  Please quote BSTAI when booking to avail of this rate.  Other hotels, B&Bs and AirBnBs are available in Enfield.0