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UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 8th February 2019)

February 8th, 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:


  • The new Education Inspection Framework for Early Years, Further Education and Skills and schools is scheduled to start in September 2019 and a public consultation was launched this week. 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-serve 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 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


  • 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 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):

The closing dates for all the above posts is 15th February.

  • University of Birmingham:
    • Senior Lecturer/Senior Teaching Fellow in Education (Specialism in Primary Mathematics) FT
    • Lecturer/Teaching Fellow in Education (Specialism in Primary Science) 0.5

Full details to be found on the BCU website

Closing date: 24th February.


  • 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.

  • 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:

an article in SchoolsWeek on how the DfE says it will not abolish small scale teacher training programmes run by schools; a new blog by Chris Husbands (UCL, IoE)  on how deregulation is  permitting unqualified teachers to be called or use the title of ‘teacher’ rather than ‘instructor’ or ‘unqualified teacher’; another article in SchoolsWeek on how the DfE plans to tackle ‘bursary tourism’ in the new retention strategy; a link to a piece in the TES on how 370 schools are participating in a trial to gather evidence on schools and mental health; a link to the forthcoming report from Plymouth Marjon and the University of Plymouth, ‘Education Isolation: a challenge for schools in England (available 12th February). As part of the launch of the report, Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope will be giving a professorial lecture on the 13th February – see the EventBrite link; news from the DfE that a new specialist qualification will help to keep teachers in schools; a link to an event that is taking place tomorrow in London (UCL, IoE – Sat 9th February) on gender stereotyping in schools; very disappointing news that the DfE is now scrapping the teacher bursary programme for the FE sector; and news that one of the forthcoming workshops at the UCET Annual Conference will be on ‘developing ‘trainee teacher understanding of pedagogy and practice using 360-degree video’.


UCET Forums 

The UCET Post 16 forum met this week, with presentations on the topics of ‘resilience, mindfulness and well being’ and ‘teaching resources for subject-specific pedagogy. Items on the afternoon forum agenda included: recruitment to PCET programmes; report on a meeting with Anne Milton, MP; ETF updates; apprenticeships, including the recent announcement of funding for the Teaching in the Lifelong Learning apprenticeship; student support issues; the grading of ITE students; international updates and horizon scanning; inspection issues including a review of the OFSTED inspection framework.

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

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

Registration is also now open for the morning symposium discussions for:

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 Post 16 forum this week, and also met with ESTYN colleagues.

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

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