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Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes

posted Oct 12, 2015, 5:49 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 5:49 AM by Nicholas Basson ]
Now live – new SKE online directory

An online directory of pre-ITT SKE programmes is now available. If you offer SKE, promote your programmes to other schools and providers. Looking for SKE? Browse some of the programmes available. Note the directory is not an exhaustive list and is regularly updated.

If you offer SKE programmes and would like to add your course details to this new directory, please email ta.ske@education.gsi.gov.uk for further details.


How other schools are using SKE
Applicant 1 recently graduated with a First in physics and applied to a physics ITT course through School Direct. They completed an SKE programme equivalent to eight weeks to refresh the basics of physics that he had not used since his own GCSE. The School Direct lead school decided to break up the SKE programme to run alongside the ITT course, and commissioned its own head of physics to build training sessions outside the timetable spread over the first term between September and Christmas. The SKE funding was used to bring in supply cover for the head of physics.

Applicant 2 held an environmental science degree and applied to a chemistry ITT course through School Direct. They completed a 16 week chemistry SKE programme that was completed entirely by distance learning commissioned from a third-party provider and which ran from March to June. She began her ITT course in September.

Applicant 3 held a Spanish degree and applied to a languages ITT course through School Direct.
The School Direct lead school used its SKE funding to commission the equivalent of a 16 week SKE programme from its own languages department that would be timetabled to run flexibly between Easter and September, paying overtime and supply cover where appropriate with the SKE funding. The programme would work towards developing the applicant’s French language skills, prior to her starting her ITT course in September.

Applicant 4 applied in November. She held a degree in medical genetics and applied to a physics ITT course through School Direct. Her degree included modules that covered chemistry and biology, but not physics or mathematics. They began a 24 week physics SKE in the following January, which was commissioned from the School Direct partner HEI provider. The programme was completed in the summer, prior to her starting her physics ITT course.

Applicant 5 held an engineering degree but had spent a number of years in related work experience, including as a part-time instructor in a school. She had applied to a maths ITT course through School Direct. They agreed to take a 36 week maths SKE programme which the school commissioned from its partner ITT provider and which would start in February. She began the SKE programme and the final eight weeks were completed in parallel with the first term of her ITT course.


Did you know SKE can be DIY?
SKE funding now enables you to arrange your own programmes in-house. For example, you may want to approach a specialist leader in education from within your alliance to deliver the programme for you. Or you can speak to your partner ITT provider who may be running SKE programmes.
Find out more


This introduction to SKE guide gives further information and the SKE operations manual 2013–14 outlines funding eligibility and rates.
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