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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.​
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Train to Teach Newcastle

30 June 2018 10:00

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

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Preparing for your teacher training

25 June 2018 18:30

If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.

Gaining school experience for primary teachers

27 June 2018 12:00

This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.

Teaching a STEM subject and SKE

02 July 2018 18:30

Teaching is a great way of making your knowledge in a STEM subject count. We’ll help you with your routes into teaching and how subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) can help build up or refresh your subject knowledge before you commence your teacher training.