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posted Oct 12, 2015, 5:52 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 5:52 AM by Nicholas Basson ]


School experience programme (SEP)

SEP is a government funded opportunity for quality prospective teachers in shortage subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, languages, design and technology and computing) to gain experience in a school prior to starting their ITT. The programme provides your schools the chance to increase your recruitment pool of quality teachers.

80% of School Direct lead schools who are engaged in SEP use it to meet potential applicants for their School Direct places. SEP schools will have candidates directed to them by the Teaching Line, as well as funding up to £50 per placement day.

If you would like to join SEP please contact the team at the Teaching Line on 0800 085 0962. See ourwebsite for more information and how to register.


Making offers to candidates:

The partnership agreement with your provider should cover the process for making offers to candidates, including your respective responsibilities to ensure that all aspects of the ITT criteria are met.

Providers retain final accountability for ensuring their entry criteria are met so schools should follow the process agreed in the partnership agreement prior to making an offer.

For further information please see section 3 of the 2014/15 operations manual.

UCAS profile update

When was the last time you made sure that your school partnership details were up-to-date on UCAS? This information will improve your chances of attracting interested candidates for your places.

If you have questions about how best to do this please contact the UCAS on 0844 984 1111 or email athei_team@ucas.ac.uk.
School Direct allocations – change requests
Changes to a lead school’s allocation of School Direct places must be confirmed by NCTL before being advertised on UCAS. Decisions on the change request will be made within 5 working days upon provider agreement. Please contact itt.allocations@education.gsi.gov.uk if you have any queries.

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes

There are many good candidates who will become great teachers with a little extra help to improve their subject knowledge. SKE programmes can be do-it-yourself, allowing you more flexibility so you can arrange your own programmes in-house.
Specialist leaders of education (SLE) directory for SKE

SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support people in similar positions in other schools. Many SLEs have excellent knowledge in particular subject areas and could help you when developing SKE programmes.

There are now over 3,800 SLEs and a full list of all their specialisms by teaching school can be found in the SLE directory.
SKE directory available

SKE is available for a number of subjects, including modern and ancient languages, design and technology and physics. Please see the SKE directory for a full list of available subjects.
SKE funding request changes

We have listened to feedback about the SKE funding request process and we are changing it to make it easier for schools and providers. Where a lead school or provider chooses, they can now ask for SKE funding to be paid directly to their SKE provider. The SKE operations manual has been updated.