Ask Tes Institute: what are the new SKE checkpoint reports?

If you have widened your search for trainee teachers to include candidates with non-specific or lower classification degrees, then you’re not alone. In fact, with limited evidence to show that a teacher holding a degree in their teaching subject will improve pupil’s outcomes, there is no reason that trainee teachers with non-matching degrees shouldn’t become great teachers given the right support, guidance and training.

We all know that strong subject knowledge is fundamental for any trainee teacher, regardless of their background, but not all candidates come with it fresh in their mind. Improving this knowledge before they begin their teacher training with a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course not only gives them a head start with their development, but it also provides you with an insight into their areas for improvement, which will help to shape their training, come September.

Having this extra insight into your trainee’s knowledge gaps (and strengths) is the reason that we have increased the amount of feedback that we provide to ITT providers about their prospective trainee’s progress. When one of your trainees undertakes an SKE course with Tes, both you and the trainee will receive a series of checkpoint reports over the duration of the course that outline their progress, provide a review of their work for that period and suggest areas for improvement.

These reports are written by the trainee’s Pathway Tutor- a qualified teacher and subject specialist who supports them throughout their SKE course. For each session that your trainee completes they will be given feedback and a ‘RAG’ (red, amber, green) traffic light rating to indicate their progress. The checkpoint report is then written based on the session feedback from that period, providing you with a regular update of your trainee’s progress.