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New Online Resource for 2nd Level Business Students and Teachers

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New Online Resource for 2nd Level Business Students and Teachers

Monday, March 09, 2015 

New Online Resource for 2nd Level Business Students and Teachers

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today launched, a new online resource for teachers and students of Leaving Certificate Business and Economics.

Developed by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) in conjunction with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI), the site provides a number of learning resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom or at home.  These resources have been identified by the BSTAI as tools which can provide valuable support in teaching and learning the senior cycle business subjects.  

The content on the site is written and assessed by experienced business teachers; and the factual economic indicator material is compiled by BPFI’s Economist. It will be regularly updated with new material each school term and there are also future plans to include resources for Accounting.


Welcoming the new resource, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD said: “ is a great new resource for students and teachers which will no doubt be of immense value throughout the school year and in preparation for exams. The study of business and economics 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 and would encourage all business teachers and students to use and take advantage of the support it provides.”

Also speaking about the benefits of the new resource, Ultan Henry, President BSTAI, said: “"The BSTAI is delighted to work in collaboration with BPFI in developing this new resource. will enhance 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 have spearheaded the development of this new 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 which will provide valuable support both within and outside the classroom. BPFI and its member institutions recognise the importance of financial education and this new resource is the latest addition to a wealth of initiatives already being provided by our sector in schools, colleges and in the workplace.” currently has three main sections:

  • Economic Indicators – this section provides an overview of the most up-to-date figures on a range of Ireland’s key economic indicators. These figures are important in helping students to understand certain parts of the curricula as well as for use in exams. 
  • Exam Q&A – this section covers a number of key topics within the Business and Economics syllabi. Each topic overview is accompanied by a sample exam question and written answer (written by teachers) as well as a number of suggested student activities. Additional topics will be added each school term.
  • Business News –this section provides useful links to business news stories which are relevant to both the Business and Economics curricula. has been developed as part of European Money Week,a new initiative led by the European Banking Federation (EBF) which takes place throughout the week 9th - 13th March 2015. 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 HERE.

Explore the new resource HERE.

The CareersPortal Team