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Sessional Lecturer - PGCE Secondary - History

The Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education offers a range of accredited programmes. Teacher Training is a focus of much of our work.

We have a portfolio of fourteen subjects within the popular PGCE programme. The routes we offer include our core PGCE route and the School Direct route. We are a large provider and target numbers for the programme average around 270. Our PGCE is also delivered by colleagues in SCITTs in various parts of the country. We also offer the Pre teacher training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses and the Assessment Only Route into teaching.

Our Further Education provision includes the in service Diploma in Education and Training, delivered at the university and in partner colleges. We also offer the Diploma in English and ESOL which is again aimed at FE colleagues who are in service. The University of Worcester is, and has been for a number of years, the STEM Learning contract holder for the West Midlands region. This contract is managed within the Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.

Colleagues within the Centre are also involved in CPD work including school improvement, an area which we are keen to expand.

We are looking to appoint outstanding colleagues who have enthusiasm and commitment to work within an already high performing team. Please note that this is sessional work, usually in term time and contracts will be raised as and when work is required.

The main duties are outlined below; however individual roles will vary according to the subject/programme taught and module/course requirements. This is a generic job description only, a more detailed job description may be provided for specific roles.

Selection process:

Short-listed candidates will be required, as part of the selection process, to give a ten-minute presentation to the interview panel on the following topic:

“In school, trainee teachers need to develop in terms of the Teachers’ Standards. Choose one of the standards listed below, and explain what advice you might offer trainees and their mentors in terms of enhancing their practice and understanding.”

Teachers’ Standards:

• Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge 

• Make use of formative and summative assessment to secure pupils’ progress. 

• Be aware of pupils’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on this.

Following this presentation 5 minutes has been allocated for questions.

Data Projector & Lap Top will be available for your use.

Closing date: Sunday 02 Apr 2017

Reference number: IEAC1701-3218

Job details

Job details

£41.47 a contract hour, including holiday pay of £9.12 and preparation, marking and course administation etc
Hours to be negotiated
By agreement
Responsible to
Head of Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Education

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“Our high quality programmes provide innovative and intellectually stimulating teaching, producing the very best professionals to support children, young people and their families.”

Ann Jordan, Head of Institute



The Institute of Education upholds the overall mission of the University by providing very high quality, accessible learning opportunities; promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge; and serving the needs of the regional community in partnership with other local providers of education and training. It is committed to high quality education and continuing professional development.

The University of Worcester has an explicit aim – to support the integrated children’s agenda by building on the excellent achievements that we have already made in our higher education programmes. 

Our programmes already contribute significantly to the education, training and development of professional working with children from early childhood, the wider school workforce, teaching assistants, teacher training and postgraduate professional development for teachers and others working in this field. We are at the forefront in developing programmes which address the needs of professionals working in services for children.

In the Institute, there are over 700 students training to be teachers at undergraduate and postgraduate level; over 400 students undertaking a range of undergraduate programmes in early childhood and education studies; over 400 students undertaking full and part-time Foundation Degrees in early childhood, learning support and learning and teaching; and over 500 teachers undertaking Masters level work. In addition, we have almost 30 full and part-time PhD students in Education. 

The quality of our programmes is rated very highly regionally, nationally and internationally. Initial Teacher Education regularly achieves exceptional grades in the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted) inspections. The Institute of Education is committed to building on these achievements in teaching and research.

Main duties

Main duties

With support from the course/subject leader you will have responsibility:

1. To undertake observations of teaching against the required Teachers’ Standards and providing appropriate critical and constructive oral and written feedback to and the setting of agreed targets for trainee teachers, including active involvement of their school based mentors in the process. 

2. To undertake teaching in your specialist subject. 

3. To ensure appropriate academic and professional knowledge and understanding of course materials, assessment and assignments, recommended reading, course outlines and handouts. 

4. To lead/organize tutorials, and/or seminars as required by the module/course. 

5. To undertake related duties associated with teaching such as marking and other forms of assessment, providing feedback to trainee teachers, reporting and recording marks as required by the module or course and contributing to UW formal assessment processes. 

6. To maintain good lines of communications with other members of the teaching team, module/course leader, mentors and trainee teachers themselves, as appropriate. 

7. To contribute to the excellent profile and reputation of the course by being an active and committed team member; by demonstrating and modelling high levels of professional engagement; and maintaining and developing further the very high expectations we have of staff members and trainees on our professional programmes. 

8. To provide excellent academic support for all trainee teachers and members of the University and ensuring they achieve their potential. 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria 

1. A first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.

2. UK Qualified Teacher Status. 

3. Relevant, recent and successful experience of teaching your specialist subject in a secondary school. 

4. Some understanding and experience of Initial Teacher Training requirements and processes, including teaching observation and effective feedback skills.

5. A good awareness of recent national/international initiatives and government policies in secondary education and requirements in the relevant area of specialism. 

6. A commitment to providing high quality learning opportunities for trainee teachers focusing on interactive teaching methods with a learner centered focus. 

7. The ability to communicate confidently and clearly to a wide range of people, both orally and in writing. 

8. The ability to work well in a team or independently as required. 

9. IT competence both for teaching purposes and for personal use (VLE, email etc). 

10. Flexibility and the ability to travel to schools across the wide geographical area covered by the IoE. 

Desirable Criteria  

1. Masters level qualification (or in progress). 

2. Some experience of teaching adults, preferably in a HE context. 

3. Experience of undertaking research and evidence of publications or professional dissemination of knowledge, for example, conference presentations. 

4. Expertise in working in ITE and implementing its requirements in England.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. 

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at

Visit  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules. 

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. 

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment. 

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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