Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Our fully-funded online Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses will equip you with the depth of subject knowledge and skills you need in order to teach your chosen subject as an initial teacher trainee.

Our SKE courses will help you to:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of your chosen subject at all key stages, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • Discover the optimum strategies for teaching the various ideas, skills and topics in your subject.
  • Develop an ability to use subject knowledge to plan lessons and sequences of learning that lead to pupil progress.
  • Understand pupils’ common misconceptions in the subject so these can be easily overcome.

Candidates can apply online from 12th October if they have a conditional offer for teacher training with a Subject Knowledge Enhancement as a condition. Courses begin from January 2022.

What is unique about our SKE programme?

As a successful group of academies, with a dedicated core team of subject directors, we offer something unique in the level of specialist support we can offer. Our resources are prepared and continually evaluated by a team of outstanding subject specialists, informed by the latest pedagogy and practice. Your learning will be supported by weekly tutor feedback and guidance from teaching professionals, along with subject-focused discussion on class forums.

How are the courses delivered and assessed?

Our SKE courses are delivered 100% online via our interactive e-learning platform, enabling you to learn in your spare time and fit your course in and around existing commitments. You can access course materials, pre-recorded webinars and self-study activities from any internet-enabled device at any time, making learning extremely flexible.

Your subject knowledge will be assessed during the course via a combination of audits, assessments and reflections to help you identify your strengths and areas for development, and ensure that you are making progress.

High quality teacher development sits at the heart of school improvement. I have been fortunate to be involved in supporting professional learning for teachers on a variety of levels from regional training programmes for ITT candidates to senior leadership, including establishing a trust-wide approach to teaching Secondary English which led to significantly increased outcomes for students. I am delighted to oversee our Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme, together with our expert executive directors of subject. Subject specialists across Delta and our partnership will play a vital role in supporting pre-ITT candidates in achieving their aspirations in teaching when previously their qualifications would have been a barrier. Our SKE participants, the next generation of teachers, will have the opportunity to impact positively upon the lives of thousands of children and young people in our country

Jo Twiby, Programme Director

How long do I need to study?

We recommend that you should study 25 hours per week on a full-time SKE course to support appropriate subject knowledge development in preparation for your ITT. Our part-time option allows you to spread this learning time over a fortnight, so an eight-week SKE course would take 16 weeks to complete, covering the same material.

DfE-funded SKE courses are available with us for:

Subject Course length available (weeks)
Biology8,12,16,20,24,28
Chemistry8,12,16,20,24,28
English8,12,16, 20,24,28
Mathematics8,12,16,20,24,28
Physics8,12,16,20,24,28

The number of weeks you should study depends on the level of your existing subject knowledge, which you will determine with the help of your initial teacher training provider and also the subject that you are training to teach. 

How much DfE funding will I receive?*

There are bursaries available for each length of course we offer:

8 week SKE£1400
12 week SKE£2100
16 week SKE£2800
20 week SKE£3500
28 week SKE£4900

*You are eligible to apply if you have a minimum of a 2.2 degree, and hold a conditional offer with an ITT provider with a condition to complete a SKE.

Candidates can apply online from 12th October 2021. Courses begin from January 2022.

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