Kent and Medway Training – SKE story

Kent and Medway Training are an established, large and successful School Centred Initial Teaching Training (SCITT) provider in the UK. For the past five years, Tes Institute has been working with Kent and Medway Training to deliver Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) to their trainee teachers before they start initial teacher training.   

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Tes Institute recently had the chance to speak to Stuart Russell from Kent and Medway Training to hear about his experience working with Tes Institute and how the developing partnership with our SKE courses has helped with their recruitment.

“The past few years have led to us achieving our highest ever levels of employment and trainee teacher outcomes at the end of the training period. We feel that one of the key contributors to this has been our developing partnership with SKE and Tes Institute.”

We were really interested to hear what Stuart thought of the courses and if the content has been an effective pre-initial teacher training solution.

“Outstanding teachers have to have excellent subject knowledge for teaching, so enabling trainees to have access to the SKE courses at an early stage provides them with a really strong foundation to build on.”

Stuart went on to say:

“While the courses are subject specific, they are always clearly linked to pedagogy and the trainees are constantly able to link theory with practice.”

Although teacher training candidates might feel their subject knowledge is efficient or above the necessary amount, it doesn’t always translate to how one would teach the subject. SKE courses provide trainees with the confidence to lead a classroom and teach to the national curriculum.

How have you found our SKE process?

At the start of 2019, we introduced fortnightly start dates for all of our SKE courses to make them more accessible for trainees and their ITT provider. This has been key in supporting the recruitment cycle at Kent and Medway Training, according to Stuart:

“The communication and prompt responses that we receive enable our trainees to register and get going really quickly once they have accepted our conditional offer. The fact that the SKE courses have a fortnightly start date work very nicely alongside our on-going recruitment procedures.”

Our SKE programmes have also been strengthened by the introduction of regular check-in reports. These are sent to providers and trainees throughout the SKE course to help keep track of progress. When asking Stuart about these extra reports, he commented:

“[They are] great, very useful, we share those reports with the learner’s school and when trainees aren’t keeping up, these checks allow us to intervene quickly. They give us an early insight into the trainee and how proactive that person is before they start their Initial Teacher Training.”

Would you like to find out more about working with us for Subject Knowledge Enhancement? Use the 'view this course' button on the right or talk to our team on 0203 194 3200.