As students across the country gear up for exam revision during their Easter holidays, a number of new content streams have been launched on BusinessEducation.ie, an online resource for teachers and students of Leaving Certificate Business, Economics and Accounting.
Developed by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) in conjunction with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI), the site provides a range of support tools for use in the classroom and at home. These include sample exam questions and worked-out answers written and assessed by experienced teachers; an overview of and commentary on the most up-to-date figures on a range of Ireland’s key economic indicators written by BPFI’s economist; as well as useful links to business news stories relevant to both the Business and Economics curricula.
Due to the ongoing success of the site since its launch in March 2015, BPFI has worked closely with the BSTAI in recent months to develop a number of new content streams which were unveiled this week. These include, among others:
- the addition of a new section for the subject of Accounting
- a new business and economics briefs section, written by BPFI’s economist, consisting of short reports on key national and international business and economic developments of note
- a number of additional sample exam questions and answers have been added to the existing sections for Business and Economic
- past Leaving Cert exam papers as well as marking schemes can now also be accessed for each of the three business subjects.
Speaking at an event held to mark the enhancement of the site, well known business figure and former teacher, Padraig O’Ceidigh said: “As someone who has experience in both the boardroom and the classroom, I have first-hand knowledge of the significance of business education. The study of business, economics and accounting by our students is vital to developing the future health of our country’s economy and I commend both BPFI and the BSTAI in working to produce this resource which will undoubtedly be of immense value throughout the school year and in preparation for exams.”
Also speaking about the benefits of the resource, Norah Martyn, BSTAI, said: “Since its launch last year, BusinessEducation.ie has proved a tremendous success with both teachers and students alike, and it is this success which has driven the current expansion of the site. In recent months the BSTAI worked with its members to identity possible new elements for the resource which would add further value for teachers and students. BPFI has taken this feedback and delivered an even further enhanced resource which will build on the quality of teaching and learning by adding to the support provided to students and teachers.”
Noel Brett, BPFI CEO, added: “BPFI is delighted to spearhead the development of this online resource with the BSTAI, with whom we have a long-standing relationship across a range of financial education projects and initiatives. Having identified a real need for this type of resource, BPFI and the BSTAI have worked very closely together to develop and improve BusinessEducation.ie which we know from teachers on the ground provides valuable support both within and outside the classroom. BPFI and its member institutions recognise the importance of financial education and this resource is one part of a wealth of initiatives already being provided by our sector in schools, colleges and in the workplace.”
BusinessEducation.ie has been developed as part of European Money Week, an annual initiative led by the European Banking Federation (EBF) which takes place throughout the week 14th to 18th March 2016. The initiative aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improving financial education for students at primary and secondary level. Further details on European Money Week can be found at EuropeanMoneyWeek.eu
Contact: Jillian Heffernan, Head of Communications, BPFI, ph: 01 474 8835 / 087 9016880
Banking & Payments Federation Ireland is the voice of banking and payments in Ireland, representing over 70 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here.
The Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI) is the professional association for all teachers of Business Studies subjects in second level education. With 16 branches through the country, the role of the association is the enhancement and development of business subjects in our schools. For more information, visit www.bstai.ie.