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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 14th December 2018)

December 14th, 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:

The next edition of the bulletin will be on January 11th 2019. We will circulate any urgent items for information separately. In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.





  • Videos of the keynote speakers are still 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:


Latest News







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 QTS. For 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



  • Liverpool Hope University:
  1. Professional Tutor in Primary Education (fixed-term) c/d: 7th December at 5 pm
  2. External Examiners_Taught Postgraduate Programmesc/d: 4th January 2019
  • Nottingham Trent University:
  1. BA (Hons) Early Years and Special and Inclusive Education and
  2.  BA (Hons) Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Education

EOIs (with accompanying CV) to: Dr Anne O’Grady. Please indicate in your CV any External Examiner posts you have held, or currently hold. Closing date: 7th January 2019.

  • 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 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 College London, Institute of Education:
  1. SCITT PGCE programme. The programme includes a primary and secondary route. If you are interested, please apply by emailing your expression of interest and a copy of your CV to Immediate start.
  2. The School Direct (Salaried) primary programme. If you are interested, please apply by emailing your expression of interest and a copy of your CV to Immediate start.


  • 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 the West of England: Primary Early Childhood and Education Studies Field. EOIs and CVs to c/d: 14.12.18



  • 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.






  • University of Chester: Head of ITE. David Cumberland, Executive Dean of the Faculty Education and Children’s Services, via email to or by telephone on 01244 511432. Closing date: 14th December.


Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice





  • Call for Papers: ‘Education in a Post-human Age’

Education in the North was established in 1965 and is an international, peer reviewed open access journal published by the University of Aberdeen School of Education. We support early career researchers and those who wish to publish in minority languages having a proud history of publishing in Scottish Gaelic. See for more information. For further information please contact co-editor Rachel Shanks

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:




  • 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:



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.

  • NARIC Training: evaluating international qualifications

NASBTT have arranged for NARIC to deliver training on Evaluating International Qualifications. The cost for UCET member would be the same as for NASBTT members, £200 for the session.  Places are still available in Sheffield  (Sheffield Hallam University) on Thursday, 7th February 2019 (9 for 9.30- 12.30pm) and for the afternoon session in London (Teaching London LDBS SCITT) on Monday, 11th February 2019 (1 for 1.30-4.30pm).

To make a booking, please complete the booking form here. Your booking will be acknowledged by email and an invoice will be raised. Joining instructions will follow in week beginning Monday, 21st January 2019. Please contact Alison Hobson for further details:


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 :



Tweets of interest this week include:

Clare Brooks’ keynote presentation from the UCET Annual Conference on what quality means in teacher training is still available to view, along with the other keynote presentations; a reminder from the Chartered College of Teaching that new and existing members receive 2 issues of the journal Impact (the EdTech special and the forthcoming issue 5) if they sign up by 18th December; there are still places left for the British Curriculum Forum event (BERA) ‘Re-imagining a curriculum for teacher knowledge (the link can be found above under ‘Events’); a link via the TES to a consultation from the Migration Advisory Committee in response to the ‘Let Them Teach’ campaign.

UCET News & Forums 

The UCET Executive Committee met this week. Items on the agenda included: the UCET Risk Register; an update fromJNR; Building research informed teacher education communities paper; ITE recruitment; discussion of the Early Career Framework; a recent report by the DfE on teacher workload; feedback from the Trailblazer group on apprenticeships; the UCET strategy 2020-2025.

JNR met with NASBTT and Cognition Education this week, and also attended the DfE’s roundtable discussion on the recruitment and retention strategy. JNR also met with Stephen Munday and other colleagues to discuss recruitment.

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

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