A guide to Subject Knowledge Enhancement for teacher training providers

Tes Institute Team


A handy guide to SKE for teacher training providers

For many trainee teachers, Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses provide a vital headstart before their teacher training, combining both pedagogy and of course subject knowledge.

So whether you don't know anything about SKE or you're struggling to answer those tricky bursary questions, our guide to Subject Knowledge Enhancement will give you the answers to confidently promote SKE to candidates applying to your teacher training programme. 

This guide will cover everything from:

  • Making SKE part of your recruitment: how you can use it to expand your recruitment pool and ensure you're not missing out on those candidates who hold non subject specific degrees with the potential to become great teachers. 
  • How to determine if your candidates are in need of a SKE course: how to spot if someone would benefit from SKE and deciding course length. 
  • Why choose Tes Institute and what's different about our courses?
  • FAQs: Addressing some of the most common questions we receive from ITT providers, for example what feedback will you receive, does it cost the ITT provider anything and how often SKE programmes start. 
  • ITT provider case study: Kent and Medway training share their experience about SKE courses and working with Tes Institute. 

Upcoming application deadlines

We now offer fortnightly SKE start dates, making it even easier for candidates to become subject knowledge confidence before starting initial teacher training. The remaining start dates for 2018/2019 academic year are listed below.

SKE application Deadline  SKE start date
23 April 2019 01 May 2019
29 April 2019 13 May 2019
13 May 2019 28 May 2019
27 May 2019 10 June 2019
10 June 2019 24 June 2019
24 June 2019 08 July 2019
08 July 2019 22 July 2019
22 July 2019 05 August 2019

Do you have questions about your trainees completing a summer SKE or overlapping their SKE with teacher training? Find out more in this blog.

Your experiences

You can hear from trainees who have completed the programme by selecting the 'case study' tab on this page.

I'm no longer focusing as a student, but rather how to teach a student

Find out how SKE prepared these teachers for their teacher training and increased their subject confidence. 

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