Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)

Watch trainees and a subject knowledge enhancement co-ordinator from the University of Southampton talking about what SKE courses have to offer.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a language because of your subject knowledge confidence. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme.

The school(s) or university you apply to for teacher training will identify if you need to complete an SKE course as part of the selection process. If they feel you need to enhance your knowledge, they may offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you complete an SKE course first. This could be because your degree wasn't in your chosen subject, but it was closely related, or you have an A level in the subject. Or it may be that you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course will show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching.

You won't have to pay for an SKE course; you may also be able to access an SKE bursary of up to £7,340 (depending on the course length).

Please speak with your chosen teaching training provider before you submit your application for more information.

"I didn't have a degree in the subject I wanted to teach, so I completed an SKE in physics. The course was free. Not only did it increase my knowledge to teach physics, it really contributed to developing the skills I needed to become an outstanding teacher."
Olly Carr, physics teacher

For which subjects are SKE programmes available?

There are only six secondary-phase subjects for which SKE courses are currently available:

Read a trainee maths teacher's account of taking an SKE course

Where and when are the programmes available?

SKE programmes are available all over England. Your provider or school will help you find a programme to suit your needs. SKE can be delivered by a wide range of suppliers, including:

  • A university education department
  • A university subject department
  • A school – in-house provision or accessed via another school
  • A third party supplier such as a Science Learning Centre

A range of available SKE programmes can be viewed in the SKE directory

Have you been offered a teacher training place to start this year with SKE?

Great! You've demonstrated qualities that will help you succeed in teaching, such as commitment, innovation and leadership, and your ITT provider or school has recognised that you have the potential to be an outstanding teacher. If you have any support or advice to give to fellow applicants, we'd like to hear from you: email us at ta.ske@education.gsi.gov.uk

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