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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 23rd November 2018)

November 23rd, 2018


Welcome to the UCET weekly e-bulletin!

Dear UCET Members and other colleagues,

Here are the highlights and announcements for this week, with new job and examiner opportunities too:

Headings in hyperlinks will take you the relevant page on the UCET website where you can see further details about all of the posts below:

  • Videos of the keynote speakers are now available on the conference page here, as well as on the UCET Twitter feed. If you presented a workshop and would like to add your presentation to the list on the conference page, please email us at:


  • Addressing Workload in ITE report Principles, considerations and examples of practical support to help ITE providers reduce the workload faced by trainee teachers and their school partners.


  • Widening Participation: the experience of BAME males in Primary Teaching

Branwen Bingle and Robert Morgan researchers from the University of Greenwich, are wishing to undertake research with  primary teachers who identify as male members of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

This study is a response to the lack of diverse representation on staff bodies in UK Primary schools: policy-makers in successive governments since the 1990s have attempted to target the recruitment of teachers in the belief that widening the diversity of applicants will address this imbalance and close the gap in achievement between genders and socio-cultural groups/ethnicities. Policies and campaigns have so far made little impact in widening participation by those targeted.

While the majority of UK Primary teachers are female/White British, and assuming that widening participation in order to make teaching representative of the wider communities of the UK is desirable, the success of such policies is questionable while teaching is linked to negative stereotypes. This study aims to look particularly at the lived stories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic males working as Primary teachers to identify key socio-cultural “narratives” (i.e. the way stories communicate meaning and accepted ideas). Interviews with pupils will allow the comparison of these narratives with ideas about teaching held by learners in Primary and Secondary education, in order to see what socio-cultural ideas are embedded that might affect their willingness to choose teaching as a career.

A copy of the information sheet and participation form is available to download from the Member Notices page of the UCET website.

  • Chartered College of Teaching: A consultation on the Quality Assurance of CPD:

The  Chartered College of Teaching, alongside the Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University are undertaking a project jointly funded by Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation to design and test a system to quality assure the provision of continuing professional development for teachers.

In addition to seeking to improve the quality of CPD accessed by teachers, whatever their subject, the project will first and foremost provide school leaders and teachers with an easy-to-use system for finding high-quality, impactful CPD. It will also work towards ensuring the widest range of providers are incentivised to participate in the quality assurance process. If it is shown to be feasible, the project aims to provide a long-term solution that will be a powerful addition to the CPD landscape.

As part of this exciting piece of work, we will consult widely across the sector in order to understand the perspectives of all stakeholders who might be affected. This will include teachers, school leaders, CPD providers and more. To ensure that our approach is evidence-based, we will also conduct an evidence review looking at CPD quality assurance systems in different countries and in different professions to understand more about the approaches that have been taken elsewhere and how effective they have been.

We would really appreciate hearing your views on this. To get involved by responding to the online consultation and/or booking a place at a face to face consultation event, go to:


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External Examiner Vacancies & Jobs

External Examiners

Full details of external examiner and job opportunities can be found on the UCET website by clicking the link above. New and recent opportunities are listed below.


  • Birmingham City University: BA Hons Education Studies (2 posts). Rachel Jones, BA (Hons) Education Studies, Acting Course Leader,  0121 331 6621). Expressions of interest, including CVs, should be sent to Rachel Jones.


  • Bradford College University Centre:  BA Primary QTS (3 Posts). Start as soon as possible: Specialists for Language, Maths and Science. Please send CVs and expressions of interest to


  • Edge Hill University:For November 2018: PGCE Primary Education with QTS; PGCE Secondary School Direct; PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTSFor October 2019:  BA Hons Primary Education with QTS; BA Hons Teaching, Learning and Child Development; BA Hons Working and Teaching in the Early Years; PGCE Primary with QTS School Direct and PG Cert in SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBA/ATS.If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, please send expressions of interest and a CV to




  • Nottingham Trent University:
  1. BA Hons Childhood Studies/Childhood degrees (Dec 2019 start). EOIs and CVs to Dr Anne O’Grady –
  2. BA Primary Education for Primary English (Jan 2020 start). Dr Sarah Hindmarsh:
  3. Secondary PGCE and School Direct Programmes in Mathematics Education (Sept 2019 start). EOIs and CVs to Dr John Everson:
  • Oxford Brookes University: External Assessor: Foundation Degree in Educational Practice and the top up to a BA Education and Lifelong Learning with new partnership Colleges. For more details please contact Clare Fenwick ( or 01865 488779). To apply please send a CV to


  • Plymouth Marjon University: B.Ed Primary Education with specialist pathways degree. To discuss the role, please call or email Gill Golder (Associate Dean and Director of School) 01752636700 ext 5638. EOIs to Norman Jope, Academic Standards Officer, Quality and Academic Standards Unit ( or 01752-636895).


  • University of Bolton: CertED/PGCE/PGCE M level: post 14 Generic. Please send expressions of interest along with a CV to Amanda Turner, Programme Leader for generic pathways at If you would like to find out more, please contact Amanda. This is for the current academic year. Closing date: 30/11/18.


  • University of Brighton:
  1. BA Primary courses: BA Primary 3-7 with QTS BA Primary English Education with QTS BA Primary Mathematics Education with QTS  Please see linked adverts above for each position and send CVs to: Joanne Smith (Assistant Programme Leader)
  2. PGCE Sec and SDT English_Brighton Please see linked advert and send CV to Anne Denmead, route leader:
  3. An external advisor to support an internal curriculum review of our BA with QTS Troops to Teachers programmes. The role will involve the following:
  • Reviewing course documentation on an online workspace and providing an independent view of course coherence, quality and its adherence to professional requirements
  • Reviewing alignment of the programme to specific review themes
  • Attending the review event and reviewing the draft report arising

The review event is scheduled for the afternoon of March 13th 2019. Travel and accommodation expenses will be met and a fee for this role is payable. Please send a CV to Lis Bundock, TtT course leader, email:

  • University of Chichester: Primary Teaching (Early Years). If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an expression of interest together with your CV to: Dr Glenn Stone Coordinator for BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Specialisms.



  • University of Manchester:  2 year Teach First postgraduate diploma in Education:
  1. English
  2. Humanities (History and Geography) and Modern Languages
  3. Temporary maternity leave cover (1 year) – Maths and Science essential

Please submit your CV and expression of interest to Lisa Murtagh:

  • University of Reading: The  BA in Children’s Development and Learning (BACDL) programme is seeking to appoint an External Examiner, for a 4-year tenure, starting immediately. If you are interested, please apply by emailing your expression of interest at and include the following:


      • Full CV
      • Scanned copy of your Right to Work evidence in colour
      • Details of any other External Examining experience and appointments you currently hold (please include start and end dates of these appointments)
      • Details of any involvement you have had with the university of Reading in the past five years


  • University of Warwick: PGCE Primary Core and School Direct and Early Years ITT. Please send expressions of interest along with a CV to Prof Des Hewitt, Head of Primary Teacher Education at . Alternatively, if you would like to find out more, please contact Des.


  • University of Winchester: BEd./ MEd. (Hons) Primary Education. For more information or to apply for the role, contact the programme leader, Dr. Louise Pagden Please apply with your CV and expression of interest by the end of November.


  • Wrexham Glyndwyr University: FdA Learning Support from September 2019 with the opportunity to fulfil the role of EE for Ed studies for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Please contact Dr David Thomas for expressions of interest.






Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice




The latest edition of the book you can trust to guide your trainees through their teaching careers. Andrew Pollard and the expert authors share tried and tested techniques for use in all primary and secondary settings, providing evidence-based guidance on key classroom issues including relationships and behaviour, curriculum planning, teaching strategies and assessment. This edition brings Lesson Study cases and other new pedagogical features, plus new reflective activities, guidance on key readings and extra resources at, all designed to meet the needs of today’s learners.

Click here to learn more, request an inspection copy, or to order at 30% off with discount code UCET18 for UCET members.


The Skills Builder Partnership brings together schools, employers and other skills-building organisations around a common mission: one day, everyone will build the essential skills, experiences and aspirations to succeed. Our award-winning approach is underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework, which breaks each skill down into teachable and measurable chunks.

For more information on the eight essential skills needed, please see the flyer below:


Skills Builder are also currently offering up to 20 two-hour workshops for trainee teachers on a fully-funded basis this year, to help build confidence and develop students’ essential skills. To finout more and book in a session, please contact Alison Gale:




  • The Jigsaw PSHE and Discovery RE offer to Initial Teacher Training organisations 2018/2019 Jigsaw PSHE and Discovery RE offering to deliver FREE sessions for student teachers. Delivered by one of the Jigsaw PSHE or Discovery RE consultants (all experienced teachers…see websites for the team profiles) they will come to your setting to deliver a 2-hour session to your students AT NO CHARGE. (They may need to charge in subsequent years). They will also gift to your student library/resource centre a whole-school set of Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, 3-11 (worth £2925) or 11-16 (worth £1450), and a set of Discovery RE (primary), (worth £750) teaching materials, once the training has been delivered. To discuss this offer and/or book a session, please contact: Sue Meakin,   T: 01202 377192
  • CollectivED (Leeds Beckett University) celebrated a year on Twitter this month and has 2,400 followers. . You can follow them by adding the hashtag @CollectivED1 to your Twitter. Their  working papers series contains a wealth of information on teacher learning and professional development and can be accessed at:



  • Teacher Educators: engagement with research


We are conducting a study about teacher educators’ engagement with research. This collaborative study between Dr Laura Nicholson, Edge Hill University, and Professor Vini Lander, Roehampton University, seeks to establish the level of research engagement within faculties/schools of education within new universities across England. Factors that may be relevant to the decision whether or not to engage in research will also be explored. The method of data collection is two online questionnaires, spaced approximately two months apart.  We are inviting teacher educators without doctorates, or not studying for doctorates, in post-1992 universities in England, to participate in this research.

This project has been approved by the Faculty of Education Research Ethics Committee at Edge Hill University. The teacher educators will be asked to provide informed consent before participating, and we ensure the confidentiality and anonymity of all data and the identity of the teacher educators. On completion of data analysis, we can provide a report stating the findings, on receipt of an email (please see email addresses below).

The first survey is now closed, and the link for the second, very short, questionnaire will be provided in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Laura Nicholson and Prof Vini Lander: and


External Events 

Save the Date – 4th July 2019

  • The First CollectivED Knowledge Exchange: creating professional learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring in education


Burlington Macdonald Hotel, Birmingham.

  • Free seminar PSHE Assocation – 13th February 2019 (London)

PSHE Assocation and Health Education England are inviting initial teacher educators (including university lecturers, school-based training leads and headteachers), along with PSHE education and ITE policy decision-makers to a free seminar on preparing trainee teachers for statutory RSE and health education. Spaces are limited so please book now to secure a space and if you can’t make it yourself, please pass the invitation to a suitable colleague.

Wednesday 16th January in the Jubilee Room, James Graham Building at Headingley Campus. Registration from 4.00pm; Event from 4.40pm-7pm. Due to room capacity numbers are limited, so early booking is advised for this event. Book via this link :

  • ITT Workload Events

In collaboration with the Universities of Greenwich, the DfE Teacher Workload team is running two events to provide an opportunity to share practice, meet with other ITE colleagues, and engage with presenters across the education sector. There will be a chance to discuss your own work and contexts and consider the implications for your ITE partnership as well as hearing about the latest developments from the Department for Education.

Who are these events for?
These events are specifically aimed at both University and School-led providers of Initial Teacher Education.

3 December 2018 – London, University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Campus
5 December 2018 – Sheffield Hallam University

12 a.m. -4.15 pm. The agenda and details of speakers can be found by following the registration link below:


  • ‘The Learning Power Approach: the new framework for the 21st century’. With Professor Guy Claxton (Visiting Professor, KCL). Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Institute of Education. 3rd December: Sheffield & 4th December: London. 09:30 am – 4:00 pm. To book online: For further details about this one-day conference, including the programme for the day: The LearningPowerApproach


  • The second Fabian Education debate on aspects of how to construct a better and fairer education system is taking place on 22nd November 6.15pm – 7.45pm, at the Houses of Parliament. Further details of this event are available via the Eventbrite link here: Places are limited.



Tweets of interest this week include:

Videos of the keynote speakers at this year’s UCET Annual Conference are still available to view via our Twitter feed; a link to the publication of the College Staff Survey with vital new data on the FE teaching profession; a reminder for trainee teachers that membership of the Chartered College of Teaching is free, and that the next issue of the journal Impact will be on the effective use of technology for teachers; an article in the TES on what you need to know about Teach First’s new strategy to help solve the recruitment crisis; the Walter Hines Page Scholarship is now open to accept applications from teachers who wish to further their career.

UCET News & Forums 

Registration is still open for the forthcoming UCET morning symposiums:

UCET Secondary (27th November): Sharing and developing good practice in relation to: (a) part 2 of the teacher standards; and (b) subject knowledge led by Rachel Morse (Southampton); Kelly Davey-Nicklin (BCU); Alison Winson (Worcester); and Jenny Wynn (BGU)

Management Forum (4th December): The current policy landscape for universities involved in teacher education, and the implications for a new UCET strategy

The UCET Primary and Early Years forum met this week. There was a presentation by Kendra McMahon (Bath Spa) on the role of the learning sciences in ITE. Kendra’s presentation is available on the Primary Forum page via ‘My Forums’ on the UCET website.

Items on the agenda included: research on primary science in ITE (Wellcome Trust); NAPTEC Committee matters; ITE recruitment issues; House of Commons briefing; NFER teacher recruitment dynamics report; the current policy landscape in ITE; apprenticeship updates; inspection issues correspondence with ministers and addressing workload in teacher education report.

JNR attended the Primary and Early Years forum this week.

We hope you the items above are of interest, and please do share with others via social media channels.

Kind regards,







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