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Funding for subject knowledge enhancement programmes

posted Oct 12, 2015, 5:43 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 5:43 AM by Nicholas Basson ]
Funding is now available for subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes to support your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) recruitment. Any School Direct lead school or ITT provider with an ITT allocation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing, languages or design and technology, can request funding to support these subjects. This is the first year that all providers and School Direct lead schools can request funding directly from National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for SKE.

SKE programmes provide pre-ITT support to applicants to improve their subject knowledge in order to start their ITT course and teach their chosen subject. NCTL’s latest data shows that almost one in four physics and mathematics ITT applicants, need to undertake some form of SKE prior to starting their ITT course. It therefore plays an important role in supporting your recruitment to these subjects.

SKE is designed to be flexible so you can tailor the programme to the individual needs of your applicant(s). You can commission SKE from a wide range of suppliers to suit your needs or provide it yourself if appropriate. More information can be found in the subject knowledge enhancement 2013–14 guidance.

Further details will follow in the SKE operations manual which will be online by the end of November. This will include the process for requesting funding from NCTL.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding SKE please contactTA.SKE@education.gsi.gov.uk.