Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

Secondary Programme: Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

What is a SKE and why would I need one?

As an ITT provider we may see applicants who have the potential to become a great teacher but who need to increase their subject knowledge before the Teachers Standards can be met. If during the recruitment and selection process we identify your need for a SKE, we would ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to bring your knowledge up to date.

Subject Knowledge Enhancements are available in a variety of subjects, running anywhere from 8 weeks to 28 weeks, and can be undertaken by trainees on a full-time or part-time basis.

SKEs are available in 2020-21 for courses of 8 - 28 weeks in the following subjects:

  • mathematics
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • computing
  • languages
  • English
  • design & technology
  • religious education

SKE physics courses will be available from January 2021.  All other SKE courses will be available from April 2021.

You might need a SKE to begin an ITT course if:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level 
  • you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional knowledge in the subject
  • it's been some time since you used your degree knowledge
  • you studied for a languages degree but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools.

When do we identify the need for a SKE?

It could be:

  • when an applicant is undertaking school experience
  • during discussions with an individual before they apply
  • from the application form
  • during the applicant’s interview

If successful at interview we would offer you a teacher training place with the condition that you complete a SKE course before starting our programme in September.

How do I complete a SKE:

They are completed either face to face, blended or online.  You can find the list of providers  on the DFE website, please click here for the course directory.  We generally find that the online method through a VLE is the best as it means you can do it at your own pace.  If you were to be offered a place with us we could recommend SKE providers that we have used and would help you in arranging the details, this would be done after you were interviewed and offered a place so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.*

*LTSA SCITT will assist and provide recommendations for SKE providers, however applicants are responsible for applying to SKE themselves once they have accepted their conditional offer.

Is there Funding:

SKE courses for candidates starting ITT in 2021/22 will be available to undertake from April 2021, with Physics courses being available from January 2021.  

Eligibility for funding is currently under review and details will be shared with SKE providers in December 2020. 

Initial Teacher Training providers will be able to make an offer of a teacher training place under the condition of completing SKE, however you won’t be able to start a SKE course until funding and eligibility for SKE are confirmed towards the end of the 2020 calendar year when the Spending Review has been completed. You should note at this stage a conditional offer does not guarantee a funded SKE course will be available in your chosen subject.

Further information on SKE’s can be found on the Get into Teaching website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses