Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses

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. 

These courses are usually available if:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level 
  • you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional experience in the subject

Schools or universities will identify your need for an SKE as part of their selection process, usually at interview. If they feel you need to enhance your knowledge, but have potential to be a great teacher, they'll offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you complete an SKE course.

Delivery of SKE courses

SKE courses are usually available all over England at universities, schools, or with other organisations. They can be completed before, or alongside your teacher training and are available to study full-time or part-time, classroom-based or on-line. SKE is typically offered in ITT shortage subjects. The SKE directory sets out what courses are provided and will be updated once we have confirmed the approach to SKE for academic year 2020/21.

If you think an SKE course will benefit you, contact the schools or universities you attend to apply to for more information. Alternatively, you can speak to our expert advisers on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or via our online chat service between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 


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