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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 1st February 2019)

February 1st, 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:

  • A copy of the UCET Press Release on the new DFE Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which was announced this week, can be found here.



  • 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.


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.

  • 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



  • 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:
  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 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 of Cumbria: Postgraduate Certificate SEN (National Award for Special Needs Co-ordination ) to start in March 2019. Please send expressions of interest and  a CV to


  • 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 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

  • 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):


  • University of Oxford: For further details of the below vacancies, please visit: or
    • Departmental Lecturer in English Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Mathematics Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Modern Languages Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Modern Languages (Mandarin) Education (0.5 fte post)
    • Departmental Lecturer in Science Education
    • Associate Professor in Teacher Education
    • If, having read the advertisement and the further particulars, any potential applicants would like to know more about any of the positions they should  contact the Director of Professional Programmes, Trevor Mutton (




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.


  • 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.


  • ‘Leading Schools in the West Midlands’ – one day conference. 15th February, 09:30-16:00. University of Wolverhampton, City Campus, Chancellors’ Hall. Booking details are here.


PSHE Association 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.

  • 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:

The University of Hertfordshire are running two training events, one from January 28th to 15th February and the other later in the term: Further details can be found by following the links below:

Chartered Educational Assessor course

Educational Assessment on-line course



Tweets of interest this week include:

UCET’s press release on the new DFE recruitment and retention strategy. There are a number of tweets that discuss the implications of the new strategy, and links to articles in the, SchoolsWeek and letters in The Guardian which acknowledge both UCET, NASBTT, the CCT and TSC’s role in helping to shape the strategy; news that the #LetThemTeach campaign has been successful and that the DFE is going to review the visa status of overseas’ trainee student teachers; a copy of Catherine Manning’s (University of Brighton) UCET Travel Scholarship report; a post by Gerry Czerniawski (BERA): ‘Our “science capital” research story’; a link to this year’s #CollectiveED1 conference and the @SchoolMHeath conference, both taking place in Birmingham (4-5 July) – 2 day tickets to both are available; a link to the NaPTEC/University of Worcester seminar (25th March): ’57 flavours and looking at the broad and balanced curriculum’; published guidance by the 4 funding bodies on the criteria for REF2021 and an open letter from Dianne Berry; a blog at Leeds Beckett University on how ‘from challenges come wise practices – addressing the behaviour debate through teacher efficacy’; a request from Sam Sims if anyone know of any PhD students who are interested in science education and gender.


UCET News & Forums 

Due to adverse weather conditions this week, the USCET Cymru forum was postponed and will take place at a later date.

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

Post 16 (8th February): Mental health, well-being and resilience are addressed in post-compulsory ITE programmes 

CPD: (12th February): The intellectual base of CPD Teacher Education programmes


JNR met with David Storrie from OFSTED this week.

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

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