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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 22nd March 2019)

March 22nd, 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:




  • CollectivED Working Papers Issue 7: The new issue of our working papers can be found  here. It includes research and practice insight papers including from colleagues / students at the following universities: Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds Beckett University, Brunel University, Oxford Brookes University and Northampton University. Key themes emerge across the working papers.  We continue to focus on how mentoring and coaching can support individuals in professional development at a range of career stages, and how the way that we conceptualise the practice, the emerging relationships, the frameworks that guide the work and the tools available to us influence coaching and mentoring.  We are also interested in how CPD and whole school cultures and practices evolve and can be deliberately developed over time as we expand our understanding of how to support professional learning, well-being, leadership development and school improvement.


  • DfE – Market Engagement Events  – Early Career Framework

Prior Information Notice (PIN) which notifies the market of the DfE’s intention to commence procurement for implementation of the Early Career Framework has been launched.  The PIN provides additional information of what we are procuring, key dates and where you can register to bid.   That PIN can be found here.

Market Engagement Events will also be taking place, to provide an opportunity for interested organisations to gain a better understanding of the planned procurement. The dates are as follows:

  • 2 April at 11:00-13:00 in Darlington;
  • 2 April at 14:00-16:00 in Darlington; and
  • 4 April at 13:00-15:00 in Manchester.

To register your interest in attending, please follow this link.



  • The Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Education for Social Justice research group at London South Bank University are asking schools to participate in a project to highlight innovative practices in teaching about religion(s) and worldviews: ‘Innovative spaces of RE for real: analysing and showcasing new ways of learning’. They would like to hear from schools which are already innovating in their teaching and learning about religion(s) and worldviews. If you would like to be involved in the project, please complete the short questionnaire.


  • 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.


  • 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:



  • Canterbury Christ Church University: PGCE in Early Childhood Education with recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status and our Early Years Initial Teacher Training course for our undergraduate Early Childhood Studies BA students.The term of office is 4 years beginning on the 1st September 2019. If you are interested in being nominated for this role please contact Jess Harley –


  • 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 UniversityPGCE Secondary Art, Craft and Design programme.The term of office is four years and begins on 1 August 2019. Please send your expression of interest including a CV to Dr Sophie Cole, Programme Leader at You are also very welcome to get in touch for more information, an informal discussion and with any queries.closing date: 1 August 2019.
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  • 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:
    1. BSc Hons Mathematics and Teaching KS2/3 (QTS). The appointment will start from 1st September 2019 and will be for a tenure of 4 academic years. The appointment will be remunerated in accordance with the University’s external examiner fee schedule. Please submit expressions of interest, along with a current CV to Armineh Pogosian at
    2. 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
    3. 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.
    • andProfessional Doctorate (Education). The School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth is seeking to appoint an External Examiner for its Professional Doctorate (Education) for September 2019.  This vibrant course will be entering its third year and is attracting students from a range of professional educational background creating a diverse and dynamic student cohort.  The successful EE would have knowledge and experience of working at doctoral level.For further information please contact the Associate Head Academic, Dr Chris Neanon – .  Expressions of interest should be emailed and include a full CV which will include details of relevant experience. Closing date: 12th April 2019.


  • 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 Sussex: Secondary PGCE and School Direct Programmes. Sept 2019 start (4 year post until 2023). Expressions of interest and CVs direct to:  Jo Tregenza, Director of Initial Teacher Education, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QQ or via email 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.





  • Open University (Wales): Director PGCE Programme –  Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS).


  • Staffordshire University is seeking a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer for their expanding Primary ITE provision, contributing to the PGCE Primary and BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS. Closing date for both posts: 1 April.



  • University of Greenwich: Professor and Head of School of Education – University of Greenwich

Salary:   £67,000 to £75,000 per annum but may be more for an exceptionally qualified candidate From September 2019, the Departments of Education and Community Studies and Teacher Education are merging to become the School of Education. The new School of Education will have over 70 staff and will continue to honour our long and excellent reputation, inherited from our previous incarnations as Dartford and Avery Hill Colleges. As a key part of this new start we are looking to appoint a new Head who can build further upon recent outstanding Ofsted ratings for primary education, and good ratings for secondary, lifelong learning and early-years outcomes, and continue to ensure that all areas of the School demonstrate excellence, including developing further innovations in curriculum design, research, policy and practice. We want a new Head who has the drive to develop and widen our local and global impact in teacher education, and also who can set a new agenda to develop our Education research and impact. We are looking to appoint a visionary academic who has wide experience in developing and delivering research and policy in a higher education setting, and who has a desire to build on our already excellent local and national reputation.

Further details:



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.


  • Inside Government Forum: ‘Establishing and Delivering Teaching Apprenticeships’. 9th May 2019, Central London. Live Agenda and Speakers. To register, click here.



  • 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:

A link to the forthcoming UCET/GTCNI event on Tuesday 21st May ‘Teacher Education in Northern Ireland’; a post from Linda la Velle on a new publication by UCL, IoE press Diversity in Teacher Education: perspectives on a school-led system; a link to a post by the REF2021 team who have published a report by IDAP on its work through the criteria-setting phase one and key guidance; news that SEND champion, Baroness Mary Warnock, has passed away, aged 94; a request from a 3rd-year SHU student who is looking for current UK university students with autism to take part in a research project on the social side of university to discover its accessibility to students with autism; an article that Brexit could double the pressure on teacher recruitment in Scotland; a link to an opinion piece by Professor Rachel Lofthouse on how universities can and do play a key role  in teacher development.


UCET Forums 

The UCET Management forum met this week, discussing the topic of the Early Career Framework with presentations by Jenny Wright (Teaching Profession Unit, DfE) Cat Scutt (Chartered College of Teaching) and James Noble-Rogers. Items on the agenda included: the DfE teacher recruitment and retention strategy; recruitment to ITE in 2019/2020; teacher workload; inspection issues, the Research Excellence Framework; post-compulsory issues and the 2019 UCET conference.

The UCET Intellectual Base of Teacher Education Working Group also met this week, discussing

JNR attended a Universities UK and GuildHE event this week on teacher training, with colleagues from across the UK.  James also met with Emma Hollis (NASBTT) and Lorna Howarth (DfE) and attended the ITT Advisory Group board meeting.

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

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