BSTAI National Conference 2022

The 2022 BSTAI National Conference will take place on Saturday 8th October in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Sligo, F91 XW7Y.  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.  

View the official Conference 2022 page here.

Ticket prices

Conference only – €35

Pre-conference dinner and conference – €55

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


Free parking is available at the hotel.


B&B rates €145 single and €164 double.  Please quote BSTAI when booking to avail of this rate.  Other hotels, B&Bs and AirBnBs are available in Sligo and Rosses Point. 

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 – 10.30: Welcome and opening remarks from Honorary National President, Ciara O’Riordan, followed by a plenary presentation by Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Kinsella, Professor of Economics, Head of Economics and Co-Director of Software Engineering University of Limerick. Stephen will talk about “The Future of Economics Education Under Multiple Crises”.

10.30 – 11.00: Tea/coffee, networking and opportunity to view sponsors’ stands

11.00 – 12.00: Workshops, Session 1 (see below)

12.00 – 13.00: Workshops, Session 2 (see below)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch and view sponsors’ stands

14.00 – 15.00: Workshops, Session 3 (see below) 

15.00 – 15.45: Plenary: 
Orlaith O’Connor and Will Donnelly, Inspectorate, Department of Education.  The Inspectorate will focus on student voice in the classroom in both junior and senior cycle with a specific focus on teaching, learning and assessment.

Sinead Tuohy from the NCCA will speak about the new Leaving Certificate Business Specification Consultation.

15:45 – 16.00: Conference evaluation, raffle and closing remarks

Workshop Details

Please read before choosing your three preferred workshops on Eventbrite.

JCT: Junior Cycle Business Studies – Exploring Ireland’s membership of the European Union. 

During this workshop, the JCT Business Studies Team will explore some of the links between the Junior Cycle Business Studies Specification and the European Union, specifically Learning Outcome 3.8. They will explore an online resource created by the team, to support teachers in identifying and utilising the many links between the European Union and the Business Studies Specification and outline some suggested possible student activities.

Facilitated by the JCT Business Studies Team.

Using Retrieval Practice in Junior Cycle Business Studies

This workshop will share retrieval practice strategies to enhance student retention and recall in the JC Business Studies classroom.

Facilitated by Lisa O’Byrne, Business teacher in Templeogue College, Dublin.

Using Interactive Approaches in Junior Cycle Business Studies

This workshop will explore a range of interactive approaches to Junior Cycle topics from each of the three strands to help teachers create an active classroom and a bank of resources.

Facilitated by Chloe Keane, Business and Accounting Teacher in Castletroy Community College, Limerick and Katie Jones, Business Teacher, Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick. 

 Leaving Certificate Accounting

This workshop will discuss Question One Adjustments and share a proposed scheme of work for Leaving Certificate Higher Level Accounting. 

Facilitated by Alan Ryan, Accounting teacher in St. Augustines College, Dungarvan

 Leaving Certificate Business – ABQ

This workshop will explore the Applied Business Question for Units 5, 6 & 7 which are examinable for Leaving Certificate Business 2023.

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

Leaving Certificate Business – Teaching Approaches

Approaching the Leaving Certificate Business Classroom – Sharing Resources and Strategies.

Facilitated by Rachael Biddulph, Business teacher in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue and Lisa Young, Business teacher in Salerno Girls Secondary School, Galway

Leaving Certificate Economics – Research Project

This workshop will examine the practicalities of completing the research study within the time frame and provide guidance on the 2022/2023 research topics.

Facilitated by teacher and BSTAI member Economics Teacher Michael Ruane FCJ Bunclody, Wexford. 

 Leaving Certificate Economics – Review of Leaving Certificate Economics Paper 2022 & A Few Tips on the Research Study Project from the Examiner’s Perspective.

This workshop will provide valuable insights into the allocation of marks in the most recent Leaving Certificate Economics paper 2022, from the perspective of the examiner.

Facilitated by teacher and BSTAI member Pat O’Leary. Pat has extensive experience in marking the Leaving Cert Economics paper as well as delivering presentations and webinars to Economics Teachers around the country.

 Leaving Certificate Economics – Key Economic Indicators and Central Statistics Office Data as a Resource for Teaching.

This workshop will explore the availability and use of CSO Key Economic Data. This will include the recent move to use infographics on major publications to provide access to the story behind the data for all users. Christopher will also highlight new data availability for current policy issues and discuss future work to provide teaching resources on

Facilitated by Dr Christopher Sibley, Head of National Accounts Integration & Large Cases Division.

 Transition Year Enterprise – The Student Enterprise Approach

Bridging the gap from Junior Cycle Business Studies to prepare students for Enterprise and the Business suite of subjects at Senior Cycle.  Updates on new Enterprise opportunities in the Student Enterprise Programme, including the Smart Business Award.  

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

PDST: Digital Technologies – Digital Technologies to support EAL in the Business Classroom

Learn how to effectively use digital technologies to support EAL students in your Business classroom.

Facilitated by Stacey Ryan, PDST advisor for Digital Technologies for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 

 Gnó as Gaeilge. Ag tacú le múinteoirí gnó i scoileanna lán Gaeilge.

Facilitated by Padraig Ó Beaglaoich, COGG and TG4 Educational Department.