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UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 29th March 2019)

March 29th, 2019


Welcome to the UCET weekly e-bulletin!

Dear UCET Members and other colleagues,

Due to staff leave arrangements, the last bulletin before the Easter holiday break will be on Friday 5th April. Please send us anything you would like to be included by Thursday 4th April.

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



  • 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.



  • 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.
  • 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)


  • Oxford Brookes University: Foundation Degree in Educational Practice delivered as part of our collaborative provision in four partnership Colleges. For more details please contact Clare Fenwick  ( To apply please send a CV to Theresa Foster (


  • 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.
    • 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 .
    • BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) – We are seeking an External Examiner (including conducting school visits) to commence September 2019 for a period of four years. Further information, EOIs and CV (inc. details of previous and current examining) to by 30th April 2019. This is an exciting time to join the PE with QTS course as it has just been through a major review which has led to the approval of a sector-leading Integrated Master’s award – MPhysEd. This is an innovative new award and will be the first undergraduate pathway in Secondary Physical Education with QTS with Level 7 credits in the country.
    • BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies – We are seeking an External Examiner to commence September 2019 for a period of four years. Further information, EOIs and CV (inc. details of previous and current examining) to by 30th April 2019. This course has recently been through Periodic Review with minor changes. It is a well-established part-time course, running for over 20 years.


  • 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:
    • 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
    • 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: BA Hons Primary Education: inclusion with SEND (with QTS) – 4 year programme. If you would like further information, please contact the Programme Leader Lyndsay Poyner ( enclosing a relevant CV.
  • 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 Hertfordshire: external panel member for online Masters in Digital Leading and Learning validation.  We are looking for a suitably experienced and qualified academic to serve as an external panel member for our online Masters in Digital Leading and Learning – validation event. Applicants should have experience of masters level programmes and digital learning technologies. Experience of online taught courses though not essential, would also be valuable. The validation event will take place on 4th June 2019. Please submit your CV and expression of interest to Antony Quinlan, Senior Lecturer and Programme Tutor at no later than 19th April 2019.


  • 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 19th April.
  • 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.






  • 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.






Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice







  • Now Teach

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 the training brochure for ITT providers is available. Contact details are below: Email: Tel: 0207 430 8878  @NowTeachOrg @NowTeach. Now Teach will also be running a workshop at this year’s UCET Annual Conference.

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and well being. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils

  • 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. A copy of the Spring newsletter is now available to download here.



  • 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:

Gerry Czerniawski on how research on reflection has changed his view on reflective practice; a blog from UCL IoE director, Professor Becky Francis, discussing the impact Brexit may have on teacher numbers, the young and political engagement as a whole; an article in SchoolsWeek on how the DfE wants to open a new national computing SCITT, despite other centres not hitting recruitment targets; the NFER Teacher Workload Survey; BathSpa IoE – the deadline for abstracts for the @ATEE Brussels Conference 2019 is 31/03/19 – submit yours at:; there are 6 days left for early bird tickets for the Sheffield Hallam Festival of Education – see the confirmed line up here: ; if any international researchers would like to contribute to the next issue of CollectiveED, please contact Professor Rachel Lofthouse –; a new BERA report, The Future of Educational Research in Wales, published with the Welsh Government, is now available to read; #REF2021 – new information added on the submissions system data requirements can be viewed here:

UCET Forums 

The UCET Executive Committee met this week. Items on the agenda included the UCET risk register, research issues, including the current REF guidance and criteria, an update on building research-informed teacher education communities, and developments with the intellectual base of teacher education group; post-compulsory issues, including recent ministerial correspondence with Anne Milton, and the withdrawal of PCET bursary and SKE funding; the DfE recruitment and retention strategy, including the Early Career Framework, shape of the market review, the joint letter to Damian Hinds by UCET/NASBTT/CCT and TSC and JNR’s opinion piece in SchoolsWeek; the UCET teacher workload companion; inspection issues including Ofsted’s EIF consultation and David Storrie’s ITE inspection framework update.

JNR attended the Executive Committee meeting this week, and also met with Professor Malcolm Thomas, chair of USCET Wales and Kevin Palmer (Welsh Government).

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

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