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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


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

March 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, Moyra Boland from the University of Glasgow, and Trevor Mutton from the University of Oxford. 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 Teacher Recruitment Bulletin: addendum to March bulletin

Changes to Publish teacher training courses – take part in research

From April, Publish teacher training courses will be introducing new functions that mean you’ll no longer use the UCAS web-link to add or manage course information. You’ll be able to create new courses and change all details (e.g. locations, vacancies and outcomes) entirely in our publishing system. You’ll only need to use the web-link to handle course applications. We’ll be rolling out the expanded service, which will enable you to edit courses currently advertised in Find as well as all future courses, throughout April. We’re interested in getting feedback from an initial group of users so that we can make improvements to the service before the full launch.

If you’d like to be among the first to use it, please contact:


Schools throughout the UK are being challenged to enhance the quality of education that they provide and address educational inequality while simultaneously facing a shortage of teachers.
At the same time, with working lives growing longer, many experienced and highly skilled professionals are looking for new and rewarding challenges for their late careers.

Now Teach address both these issues by recruiting experienced professionals to become teachers in shortage subjects. There are now many different options for how to become a teacher and we have seen a recent increase in career changers entering teaching in
the last few years. We recruit experienced professionals to become teachers in
shortage subjects and help them to find the right school and/or training pathway for them.

A copy of Now Teach’s brochure for ITT providers is available. Contact details: Email: Tel: 0207 430 8878  @NowTeachOrg @NowTeach

Now Teach will also be running a workshop at this year’s UCET Annual Conference.

  • BERA Conference: ‘Global Perspectives: Re-imagining Education’ –  Call for Proposals – 20-21 June 2019 – University of Worcester. Abstract submissions by: Friday 29th March 2019 Registration deadline: Monday 10th June 2019. Please submit your abstract and book your place via the BERA website: If you have any queries, please email Dr Pinky Jain (


  • Survey Request: Phonics in ITE (Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Leeds Beckett University and Professor Margaret Clark, Visiting Professor at Newman University). This independent survey is intended for members of staff involved in delivering the Literacy/English aspect in programmes for initial teacher education (early years and primary) in England. If you are a member of staff in a university or other institution offering initial teacher education for early years or primary and are involved in any aspect of the English/literacy programmes, please do take the opportunity to complete this survey.  A link to the survey can be found here.


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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 could you let us know at if any posts below 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:


  • Durham University: PGCE Primary programmes and BA Primary Education. 20184/19 start for a 4-year term. Please submit an expression of interest and a current CV to:




  • 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.


  • 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)


  • 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 of Chichester: BA (Hons) Education Programme. The post is for four years, starting September 2019. Examining duties include moderation of coursework samples, attendance at the annual exam board and the completion of an annual report. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an expression of interest together with your CV to:


  • 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 


  • an external examiner for Primary Teaching with STEM. September 2019 start (4 years). Please send EOIs and CVs to Dr Glenn Stone:


  • 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 Gloucestershire: PGCE Secondary Art & Design. The role involves examining the University’s PGCE ‘Provider Led’ 11-16 provision. The successful applicant will join our team of External Examiners for the PGCE Secondary Course from 2019. If you are interested in the post and would like further information or to discuss further please contact: Steve Winstone Strategic Lead for Partnerships at


  • University of Huddersfield: ITE Lifelong Learning (Cert.Ed/PGCE PGDipE). External examiners are required for the In-Service and Pre-Service course delivered through the Education and Training Consortium and its network of over 20 colleges. The post will be for 4 years commencing on 16th September and includes the need to attend moderation and a Course Assessment Board. To apply for the role, please send your expression of interest and a CV to: Debs Philip; Acting head of Department and Head of Division (ITE);


  • 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 Roehampton:  BA Primary QTS (3-7 and 5-11) – Religious Education. If interested, please contact and send expression of interest and CV to: Matthew Sossick, Head of Teacher Education, To Start duties June 2019.


  • 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: PGCE Primary programme. September 2019 start. Responsibilities will include:
    • school visits to students (currently mid June)
    • scrutiny of students’ work
    • hold discussions with tutors and feedback to the Exam Board in July
    • completion of the External Examiner Report each year
    • For more details please contact Laura Clarke ( EOIs and CVs by 30th March.


  • 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.


For further information or an informal discussion about these opportunities, please contact Dr Ruth Hewston, Head of Department for Education and Inclusion: Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27th March 2019.

  • 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.









Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice







  • FLiTE (For Learning in Teacher Education) FLiTE (For Learning in Teacher Education) is platform where those involved in initial teacher education can find free research-informed resources and inspiration to develop their practice.



  • 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  (date order) 

  • Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar – Central London, a.m. 9th July

Priorities for developing the primary curriculum: raising standards in literacy and numeracy, implementing the new inspection framework and delivering a broad and balanced curriculumRt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards; Phil Minns, Specialist Adviser for Early Years and Primary, Ofsted; Elizabeth Crump, Co-Director, Cultural Learning Alliance.   Book Online | Live Agenda

  • The First CollectivED Knowledge Exchange: creating professional learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring in education.  4th July, Birmingham. The 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.


  • CITED workshop (Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Education and Development) – an introduction to design-based implementation research. King’s College London, 29th May.  Bill Penuel.  There is growing interest in promoting evidence-based policymaking within government agencies at national, regional and local levels to support scaling and sustaining innovations. Design-Based Implementation Research is an approach to developing and using evidence that can inform the iterative refinement and improvement of innovations in complex educational systems and community ecologies. Its principled approach requires the institutional and personal trust and support of long-term research-practice partnerships in which educators work in partnership with researchers and other education stakeholders to succeed. To book, click here.
  • Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for tackling contract cheating in higher education – prevention, detection, disruption and legislative options. 22nd May, Central London. Live Agenda. Book Online.



  • The University of Derby’s FE Showcase 2019: Evidence Based Practice. Friday 12th April; 10am-3pm. This conference will provide delegates with a range of lectures and workshops which will explore key themes related to research and evidence-based practice. Delegates will leave with a range of ideas/tools to support them to be autonomous and evidence-informed with their professional development. Furthermore, trainees from the University of Derby Post-14 Education and Training Initial Teacher Education programmes will be sharing their own foray into evidence informed practice, as new practitioners, and look forward to receiving feedback from delegates to aid their progress. For more information about the event and to book, click here.


  • Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework. Morning, Thursday, 4th April 2019, Central London. This event is CPD certified.


  • 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.  Details as to how to book can be found here:


  • 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.


Twitter Summary:

Tweets of interest this week include:

Leeds Beckett University Masters’ programmes for teachers are all evidence-based and the new PGCert in Coaching and Mentoring for Educational Practitioners takes place over 3 weekends during the academic year. It is available as a stand alone qualification or as part of the MA in Education. For more details, contact Professor Rachel Lofthouse:; an opinion piece by James Noble-Rogers in SchoolsWeek  on why ITE providers should be delivering the Early Career Framework; the IPDA 2019 is now open for submissions; a member of BERA is researching phonics teaching in ITE and has designed a survey for English heads of Primary ITE courses (see above for link to the survey); @vicky_duckworth and @drlizatkins new book Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education; a link to an article at the on 5 key concerns for education in the Chancellor’s Spring budget statement; a link to the DfE’s promotional video about the launch of a new advisory group who will work to improve teacher’s mental health and well-being.


UCET Forums 

The UCET ITE Secondary forum met this week, discussing the topic of the role of tutor visits and addressing the workload of trainees, with presentations by: Laura London and Francis Lemon (UEA);  Vicky Pateman (Herts); Rebecca Tickell & Nick Mitchell (Leeds Beckett); Louise O’Sullivan and Colin Walker (CCCU). Items on the agenda included: the DfE teacher recruitment and retention strategy; recruitment to ITE in 2019/2020; teacher workload; inspection issues and the 2019 UCET conference.

Registration is still open for the morning symposium of:

Management Forum (19th March): the Early Career Framework

JNR attended the Secondary forum this week, a meeting on educational leadership with the Institute for Apprenticeships and the DfE, and also the ITE Project Board meeting with DfE colleagues.

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

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