Information about subject knowledge enhancement support for initial teacher training recruitment from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
TES Institute runs an online SKE course for trainees applying for teacher training maths, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, computing, or a language (French, German or Spanish), and either your degree is not subject-specific or you lack confidence in your subject. For more information please visit their website
Leeds Beckett University will be running Subject Knowledge Enrichment (SKE) courses in Maths and Computing . Each 12 week course will start in April 2017.
You can find a list of SKE providers here: https://www.gov.uk/government/
Detailed information about SKE for 2017-18 has still to be released from the DoE.
Updates from TES Institute
Limited places due to allocation system
At the beginning of this academic year the NCTL announced that funded SKE places would be subject to a two phase allocations system. Allocations for funded places until March 2017 have now been released.
- There are a limited number of funded SKE places available
- We recommend that you start an SKE course as soon as possible to avoid disappointment
- By starting SKE before March 2017 you can benefit from a longer SKE course
Next available SKE courses
Whilst we have programmes starting every month, we would encourage you to secure a place on an SKE course as soon as possible due to the new allocation system. Our next courses are:
Start date: 27th February – apply by 13th February
Start date: 27th March – apply by 20th March
Maths, Physics and Chemistry courses up to 28 weeks
Modern Languages, Computing and Biology up to 24 weeks
Geography courses are now available for up to 16 weeks
Funded SKE Course in English available from April 2017
TES Institute is pleased to offer trainees a fully funded, 100% online English SKE course following last week’s announcement by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL).
Prospective English trainee teachers can access full course funding as long as you have a conditional offer of entry, and can receive up to £3,200 additional bursary* if you hold or are in the process of studying for an undergraduate degree of a 2:2 or above.
From April 2017 we will be able to offer:
– An English SKE that covers both language and literature
– A choice of 8, 12 or 16 week course lengths
– Full support from an English specialist Pathway Tutor
– A dynamic course hosted on our brand new learning platform
SKE Online Application Form:
|SKE Application Deadline||SKE Start Date|
|10th April||26th April|
|1st May||15th May|
|5th June||19th June|
|17th July||31st July|
|14th August||28th August|
Primary with Maths SKE
The NCTL will now fund SKE courses for Maths specialist primary trainees who need to improve their subject knowledge.
To be eligible for funding you must have an A Level grade B or above in Mathematics, be studying for or hold an undergraduate degree of a 2.2 or above plus a conditional offer of entry that requires you to complete an SKE course.
TES Institute will be launching a Primary Maths SKE in the near future.
Part time SKE Study
In order to make our SKE courses even more flexible TES Institute will soon be offering part time SKE courses, allowing you to double the period of study and reduce the amount of time learning each week.
Part time courses will be available in the coming weeks and we will notify you when they become available.
About subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)
- they have studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the ‘basics’ needed to teach at secondary level
- they have studied a degree that is related to the subject, rather than an exact match for it
- they have recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
- they have changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
- they have a languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools
If you are a School Direct lead school, you may want to discuss SKE with your partner ITT provider.
How to know if someone needs SKE
- when the applicant is undertaking school experience
- during discussions with an individual before they apply
- from the application form
- during the applicant’s interview
If you identify that your applicant will benefit from SKE you should make an agreed SKE programme a condition of the ITT offer. Once the conditional offer has been accepted, you can request funding and commission the SKE programme.
How the SKE programmes are structured
- a university education department
- a university subject department
- another school
- another ITT provider
- a third party supplier such as a Science Learning Centre
You can also arrange and run SKE in-house. It is easy to arrange and can be run in a variety of ways including:
- full-time classroom-based study
- part-time classroom and evening/weekend study
- online learning
- a blend of distance and face-to-face learning
For more information on delivering SKE please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completing SKE at the same time as ITT
SKE for languages
- identify suitable languages applicants who will benefit from an SKE programme
- focus on their level of existing and previous language knowledge
- make their offer of teacher training conditional on undertaking a language SKE
SKE programmes listed on the directory are usually for French, German and Spanish. However, many schools see the benefit of recruiting trainee teachers who are also proficient in:
- or other local languages
You can develop and deliver tailored SKE programmes in languages to meet the needs of your applicant.
How SKE is funded
School Direct lead schools and ITT providers may request that funding is paid directly to the SKE provider if they are an existing ITT provider offering courses in these subjects.
Funding will operate on demand and can only be requested when an offer of an ITT place has been made to an applicant. We will carry out periodic checks to ensure that all funding is being used appropriately.
SKE funding is set out in the table below. The maximum amount that we will fund is based on the amount of full-time study that the programme equates to (where 25 hours is approximately equivalent to 1 week’s full-time study).
Each request for funding will need to set out the length of the SKE programme and its cost. We will fund the actual cost of the programme unless it exceeds the maximum programme rate, in which case the maximum funding rate will be paid. Eligible candidates will be able to claim a training bursary to support their SKE. Details are available in the SKE operations manual and the ITT training bursary manual.
A School Direct lead school identifies that an applicant needs to complete an 8 week SKE programme before they start their ITT course. The school can request a maximum of £1,910 to fund the programme.
The table below shows maximum SKE funding rates in maths, physics, chemistry, computing, languages, design and technology, biology and geography.
|Programme duration||Programme length in weeks||Maximum programme funding||Maximum training bursary|
How to use SKE
- Identify the need for SKE. Use subject leads at your school to help assess an applicant’s existing knowledge. If this is the first time you are using SKE, your partner ITT provider may also be able to help or advise you.
- Choose the right SKE programme. SKE can be offered flexibly to meet your needs and those of the candidate. You may want to consult your candidate about the approach that will suit you both, and inform them that they may also be eligible for a bursary during their SKE. Use the online directory to find existing SKE programmes, speak to your partner teacher training provider(s) to see if they offer SKE, or use the funding to release an experienced teacher to run the programme.
- Finalise SKE arrangements and claim funding. Once you have agreed on the most appropriate SKE programme, decide whether you or your SKE provider will submit the funding claim form. You should also agree how to keep in touch with your candidate throughout the programme and how progress will be reported back to you.
How SKE programmes can be used to recruit to ITT
Candidate B recently graduated with a First in physics and applied to a physics ITT course through School Direct.They completed an SKE programme equivalent to 8 weeks to refresh the basics of physics that he had not used since his own GCSE. The School Direct lead school decided to break up the SKE programme to run alongside the ITT course. It commissioned its own head of physics to build training sessions outside the timetable, spread over the first term between September and Christmas. The SKE funding was used to bring in supply cover for the head of physics.
Candidate D held a Spanish degree and applied to a languages ITT course through School Direct. The School Direct lead school used its SKE funding to commission the equivalent of a 16 week SKE programme from its own languages department. This would be timetabled to run flexibly between Easter and September, paying overtime and supply cover where appropriate with the SKE funding. The programme would work towards developing the candidate’s French language skills, prior to her starting her ITT course in September.