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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 15th February 2019)

February 15th, 2019


Welcome to the UCET weekly e-bulletin!

Dear UCET Members and other colleagues,

Here are the highlights and announcements for this week. New job and examiner opportunities are included 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 and headlines below:

  • Registration for the 5-6 November 2019 UCET Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon is now open, with a special 10% early bird discount for those who register before 30 April, and a further 10% discount for institutions sending five delegates or more. The programme for the conference is still being finalised, but keynote speakers will include Mary Bousted from the National Education Union and Moyra Boland from the University of Glasgow. There will also be sessions on the new Early Career Framework, ITE content, early years teacher education and much more besides. Please click on the following link to secure your place:


  • DfE announcement – ‘Becoming a Teacher’ digital services

The teacher recruitment and retention strategy announced that we would make it easier for great people to become teachers. We will be introducing new digital systems that will be easier to use and designed to better meet the needs of potential trainees. The first of our services, Find Postgraduate Teacher Training, launched in October 2018. This enables applicants to search for ITT courses that are right for them through, for example, filtering courses by proximity to their home address or by the financial support available. Now, we are pleased to be starting development of a new application service for ITT. We will work closely with candidates, teacher training providers and UCAS to carefully introduce this new service. We would very much appreciate your input throughout its development.

Providers who wish to get involved, please email

Updates will be provided via our regular communication channels and a range of engagement meetings.

  • Ofsted will be holding two Education Inspection Framework consultation events in London on Friday 22 February 2019 aimed at Initial Teacher Education leaders. If you, or a representative from your organisation wish to attend this event, please register here. Please be aware that spaces are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact OFSTED at:


  • School Direct Salaried requirements:The DFE has asked us to remind colleagues that C4.1 of the ITT criteria states that employment based trainees should be employed for the period of their training as unqualified teachers. This employment includes periods of training spent in other schools. Trainees who are on a full-time course should be employed full-time.



  • 10th TEAN Conference 2019 – Celebrating the Inspiration of the Professional Teacher Educator  Conference Centre, Aston Birmingham – 9th and 10th May 2019. Registration open.


  • The 63rd World ICET Assembly, 2019. Theme: ‘Reconceptualising teacher education for the 4th Industrial Revolution and knowledge democracy: teaching beyond the 3Rs’. Date: 9 – 11 July 2019A copy of the flyer, abstract submissions application and delegate registration forms can be downloaded via the ‘External Events’ page here.


NASBTT Learn gives trainee teachers, NQTs and tutors access to a digital library of training and development courses, available offline on mobiles and tablets, or on the web. Created by experts, these interactive resources complement training and encourage sustained professional development.

Mid-year offer:

Purchase annual licences for the upcoming training year now and get access for the remainder of 2018/19, for just £20 extra per person. This can hugely enhance the training and preparation of: existing trainees starting their NQT year in September 2019; new recruits starting their training year in September 2019.

Download the free NASBTT Learn app and enter these codes, which are valid until 10th February:

  • Institution code: cpd-tt
  • username: gg9003
  • password: irayrb

To see web versions of the resources, visit: and enter the codes, then select publications*. This also gives you access to the tracking dashboard, where progress data is recorded.

* full versions of the resources on the web versions; cut-down versions of the resources on the nimbl app.


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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 to the page above. New and current opportunities are also listed below. Please let us know at if any posts are now filled.


  • Bangor University: Prifysgol Bangor, Ysgol Addysg a Datblygiad Dynol Arholwr Allanol Cyfrwng Cymraeg  a Chyfrwng Saesneg ar gyfer cyrsiau EdD a MA. Cysylltwch â Dr Jean Ware 01248388233 yn y lle cyntaf.  Bangor University, School of Education and Human Development- Welsh and English Medium Examiners for the EdD and MA Courses. examiners required for the EdD and MA courses Contact Dr Jean Ware 01248388233 in the first instance.


  • Bradford College University Centre: BA Primary QTS (2 Posts). Start as soon as possible: Specialists for Language and Science. Please send CVs and expressions of interest to


  • Bath Spa University: Primary and Early Years PGCE with QTS programme (3-7/5-11/7-11) core and School Direct. Full and part-time programmes. September 2019 start. EOIs and CVs to Pat Black, Head of Primary ITE:


  • Liverpool Hope University (ASAP). For SCITT provision validated by LHU:
    • To examine across LHU SCITT Programmes in the North West
    • Expressions of interest, including CVs should be sent to Michelle Pearson Head of ITE: For informal discussion about this vacancy please call 0151 291 3024.


  • London South Bank University: BA Hons Education & Education Studies (2 posts). Starting September 2019. Expressions of interest, including CVs, should be sent to Andrew Read, Head of Education Division,


  • Newman University, Birmingham:  BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care. Expressions of interests (with accompanying CV) should be sent to:   Allison Tatton, Newman University, Genners Lane, Birmingham.  B32 3NT. Closing date: 27th February. Please indicate in your CV any External examiner posts you have held, or currently hold. If you wish to discuss either of these posts in more detail, please contact: Allison Tatton, Head of Early Childhood Education and Care on 0121 476 1181 Ext 2346 or


  • Northumbria University (ASAP). For SCITT provision validated by Northumbria University:
    • Post 1: To examine across three SCITT Programmes in the North East
    • Post 2: To examine across two SCITT programmes one in Yorkshire and one in Buckinghamshire
    • Expressions of interest, including CVs should be sent to Karen Hudson Acting head of Subject: Education For informal discussion about these vacancies please call Karen on 0191 215 6648.


  • Nottingham Trent University: BA Primary Education for primary English.January 2020 start. EOIs (with accompanying CV) should be sent to: Sarah Hindmarsh (Principal Lecturer: Lead for Primary and EYITT Programmes) Please indicate in your CV any external examiner posts you have held, or currently hold. If you wish to discuss the post in more detail, please contact: Natasha Serret (Course Leader, BA Primary Education)


  • 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).


  • St. Mary’s University Twickenham: Primary Education Work-Based Route Programme. 2018/29 start (4 year term). EOIs and a current CV to Quality and Standards office at:


  • University of Bedfordshire:
    • Foundation Degree in Early Years, and
    • BA Applied Early Years Studies (Top-up)
    • If you are interested in this post, please send your CV to Dr Perry Knight (Principal Lecturer in Teacher Education).  Please can you indicate in your CV External Examiner posts you currently hold, or have held.
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  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics (including school visits) to commence September 2019.  This is an exciting time to join the PGCE course as the structure of it has undertaken an innovative review.  Expressions of interest, including CVs, should be sent to Mieka Harris .


  • 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:
  • University College Birmingham: BA (Hons) FdA Youth, Community and Families; MA/PGDip Youth, Work and Community Development; CertHE Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Level 4 Apprenticeship). Closing date: 15th February.


  • University College London – Institute of Education: Chief External Examiner – Secondary PGCE, required for the current academic session for an appointment of four years. The chief external examiner can be of any subject background. The purpose of the role is to give a whole programme overview by working with a team of subject external examiners for this high profile Secondary PGCE programme of 18 subjects. To apply or for expressions of interest please send a CV to programme leader Ben Hammond . Applications deadline: 4pm, March 7th, 2019.


  • University of Chichester: Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support (FdATLS). Starting September 2019
    • The Foundation Degree is located on the Bognor Regis Campus and is a three year, part-time course for teaching assistants, taught on one day per week (Wednesdays or Fridays). We also offer the opportunity for Level 6 progression to a range of degrees and to QTS.
    • On the FdATLS Programme we are seeking to appoint an External Examiner with responsibility for the Bognor based route and the route delivered through our collaborative partnership with Havant South Downs College.
    • The Examiner would be expected to meet with the students, examine Level 5 assignments and attend an Exam Board in early July.

To apply send CV and short letter/email of interest to Sian Howie, Programme Co-ordinator

  • University of Cumbria:
    • Postgraduate Certificate SEN (National Award for Special Needs Co-ordination ) to start in March 2019, and;
    • an External Examiner for the fully online MA Education Professional Practice.
    • For both roles, please send an ‘Expressions of Interest’ with an up to date CV to
  • University of Dundee:
    • Postgraduate Studies on the Master of Education programme, PGCERT, PGDIP, M. Ed, ideally with International Baccalaureate experience.
    • Short Term for SSSC PGDIP Childhood Practice.

If you are interested in any of the above vacancies and wish to discuss the roles please contact Programme Director, Dianne Cantali; 01382 384783. Please send EOIs and a CV to Masters Coordinator, Kristi Herd


  • University of Portsmouth: PGCert in HE. P/t. For further information please contact the Course Leader, Dr Joanne Brindley Applications should include a full CV which will include details of relevant experience.


  • University of Sunderland: an examiner to cover the following programmes -BA (Hons.) Childhood Studies/BA (Hons.) Childhood Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies; BA (Hons.) Childhood and Society Studies (Top Up)/BA (Hons.) Childhood and Society Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.  If you are interested in the position, please send your cv to


  • University of the West of England: PGCE Primary, Education and Childhood. External examiners are required to support modules within the Secondary and Lifelong learning Field of Study. The post will be for 4 years commencing on 1st October 2019 and includes the need to attend various examination boards. Closing date: 21st February 2019.To apply for the role, please send your expression of interest and a CV to:


  • University of Winchester:
  1.  PGCE Secondary School Direct.

For more details please contact Dr Malcolm Honour ( To apply please send expressions of interest and CV to  by 21.2.19

  1. PGCE SCITT programme

The programme includes primary and secondary partnerships.

Further details of each post are available to download on the Examiners’ page. For more details,  please contact Dr Malcolm Honour ( To apply please send expressions of interest and CV to  by 21.2.1

  • University of Wolverhampton: PGCE Secondary modules, including: Physical Education, Dance, Computer Science, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History. Undergraduate and Postgraduate QTS including PGCE and School Direct routes. 2019/2020 start (4 years). Interested persons should send their CV to the following e-mail address quoting reference code SE19/20. Closing date: 29th March.


  • York St John University : external panel member for BA Primary Education revalidation. They are looking for a suitably experienced and qualified primary Initial Teacher Educator to serve as an external panel member for our BA Primary Education revalidation event. Somebody with experience of both the academic and professional expectations of a Primary Education/QTS course. The revalidation event is on April 11th 2019. EOIs and  CVs to: Peter Raymond, Director of Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education, School of Education, York St John University.




  • London Metropolitan University: Part-time Associate Lecturer in PGCE Sciences (immediate start). Please send CVs and covering letter detailing interest and experience to Rob Fonseca (Head of ITE):






Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice







  • 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 5th edition of the bestselling Reflective Teaching in Schools
    • 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.
  • Skills Builder Partnership
    • 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:
    • SkillsBuilderFlyer
    • 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. Places are still available for the scheme. To find out more and book in a session, please contact Alison Gale:




External Events 

  • The First CollectivED Knowledge Exchange: creating professional learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring in education.  4th July, BirminghamThe conference theme is enhancing professional learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring in education, and we welcome teachers, lecturers, leaders, governors, coaches, mentors and those researching the field to join is for a day of dynamic, informed and empowering conversations. The aim is to support the generation of sustainable and impactful approaches to professional learning in schools, colleges and universities.



  • The Keele and North Staffordshire Alliance. ‘Informing and Challenging our Practices and Pedagogy’.  1 day conference that will take place on 4th April, Keele Hall.


  • National Association of Head Teachers conference: Girls and autism – Many Voices conference 2019 – Tuesday, 2nd April &  Leading on SEND across all schools conference 2019 – Diversity, Difference, Dynamics – Wednesday, 3rd April. More information including how to book is available here.


  • Support for Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL): interactive strategy discussion. 6th March, Central London.


  • Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT’The Value of Relationships: tackling early career teacher retention’. FREE event.Date: 6th March.


  • NAMA (National Association of Mathematics Advisors) and AMET (Association of Mathematics Education Teachers) Annual Conference ‘Research into Practice’. 1st-2nd March 2019, Manchester. Booking and programme.


  • KCL: Launch of the New STEM Education MA programme. 25th February, 6-8 pm. Artist Jim Bond will explore ways of re-imagining the discoveries of Rosalind Franklin and the workings of the human body.
    • A stimulating and unique perspective of STEM-related fields
    • A showcase of exciting STEM related exhibits
    • Exclusive information on the new MA in STEM Education programme and scholarships awards (funded by Wipro)
    • Rich discussions, wine and canapes

Bush House, 8th Floor North Side, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG. View Map. Please Register here



  • ‘Rethinking Teacher Education: The Trouble with Accountability’. 18th February 2019 : 17:00 – 18:30. Speaker: Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College, USA. Location: Seminar Room A, Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, OX2 6PY. Convener: Professor Alis Oancea, University of Oxford, Department of Education. Further details of this event and how to register can be found here.


Twitter Summary:

Tweets of interest this week include:

A link to the new BERA doctoral fellowships; a link to OFSTED’s Education Inspection framework event next week (Friday 22nd February); an article in SchoolsWeek on the report published this week by the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marjon University, examining how rural and coastal schools feel isolated from funded interventions; an article at on the letter backed by 165 MPs, which calls on the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to increase FE funding in the wake of last week’s announcement that bursaries are being scrapped; photos from this week’s UCET CPD forum presenters; a link to the National Association of Headteachers’ 2-day conference (2-3rd April) which focuses on girls with autism and SEND; photos of UCET’s participation at this week’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ event at the Royal Foundation; a call from UCET on how government departments in Northern Ireland need to reinstate the modest amount of funding they used to provide to support the work of SCOTENS; a tweet of the lecture given by Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope (Plymouth Marjon): ‘Exploring the rising tide of educational isolation for schools in England’, which accompanied the launch of the report described above.

UCET Forums 

The UCET CPD forum met this week, with presentations on the topic of ‘the intellectual base of CPD teacher education programmes. Items on the afternoon forum agenda included: discussion of the Early Career Framework for new teachers and the new DFE recruitment and retention strategy; the NFER report on teacher recruitment and retention; horizon scanning and institutional updates; middle and senior leader apprenticeships; international issues, including Professor Rachel Lofthouse’s report on coaching, mentoring and teacher induction in Western Quebec, Canada, the 2019 ICET conference, and feedback on international activities from members.

Registration is now open for the following morning symposium forum discussions:

ITE Primary and Early Years (5th March):  The implications of OFSTED’s focus on curriculum breadth in schools for ITE

ITE Secondary (12th March): The role of tutor visits: addressing the workload of trainee teachers

JNR attended the CPD forum this week, and met with Anne Milton MP. JNR also participated in a roundtable discussion at the Royal Foundation’s conference on training teachers in mental health, at which HRH, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge was present.

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

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