Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

Secondary Programme: Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Due to the government’s Spending Review, SKE courses for candidates starting ITT in 2021/22 will not be available at the start of the recruitment cycle from 1 October 2020. Following completion of the Spending Review we will confirm the approach to SKE including when courses will start.

We will update the information below as we receive further confirmation from the DFE. 


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

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computing
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • Design & Technology
  • Languages
  • Primary Mathematics

You might need one to begin an ITT course if:

  • you studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the basic skills needed to teach at secondary level
  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • recently graduated and studied for a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
  • changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
  • studied for a languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level 

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.  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 UCAS conditional offer.

Is there Funding:

Due to the government’s Spending Review, SKE courses for candidates starting ITT in 2021/22 will not be available at the start of the recruitment cycle from 1 October 2020. Following completion of the Spending Review we will confirm the approach to SKE including when courses will start.

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