SKE stories

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses offer the chance brush up on the subject you want to teach before you start training. You may have studied the subject at A level but not university, for example. These teachers all took advantage of SKE courses, which are available in biology, geography, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, and languages. 

Building the confidence to teach

Mia Webb, maths SKE traineeMia Webb, maths teacher
By taking an SKE course, Mia not only got the opportunity to train to teach the subject she loves – she also got a valuable insight into understanding the syllabus from the perspective of a teacher, rather than a student. This set her up to start teacher training with complete confidence.
Read Mia’s story


From soldier to maths teacher

Alexander Agyapong, trainee teacherAlexander Agyapong, trainee teacher
After leaving the armed forces, Alexander started working as a teaching assistant. After colleagues encouraged him to pursue a career in teaching, he started a six-month maths SKE course with the support of a bursary to help him through. He now relishes the opportunity to make the subject exciting and fun for pupils.
Read Alexander’s story


Get up to speed with subject knowledge enhancement

Wahida Hamid, computing traineeWahida Hamid, computing trainee
It’d been several years since her graduation when Wahida decided to change her career to teaching – so she knew she’d need to brush up on her subject knowledge. An SKE course gave her all the confidence she needed to start teaching the new computing curriculum in an exciting time of development for the subject.
Read Wahida’s story


Strengthen your subject knowledge

Darren Wilkinson, physics traineeDarren Wilkinson, physics trainee
Darren explains how his SKE course gave him the chance to learn from highly experienced physics teachers. This not only set him up to start his teacher training, it also gave him the chance to take control of his future development as a teacher. Find out how SKE helped him get into teaching.
Read Darren’s story


Increasing your skills to teach 

Ami Henderson, languages trainee Ami Henderson, languages trainee
Trainee teacher Ami Henderson explains how completing an SKE opened the door to a career teaching languages.​
Read Ami’s story



Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.