A geography SKE is a special type of refresher course, funded by the NCTL, which allows a prospective teacher trainee to enhance their subject knowledge in geography, preparing them for teacher training. Depending on the SKE provider, the content of a geography SKE can either be fixed, following a predetermined set of topics, or bespoke, allowing for the individual to select the most appropriate content based on their needs (e.g. whether to study a high percentage of human geography over physical geography, or vice versa).
Eureka Online College launched the new geography SKE course in February 2016. We were the first provider of SKE to go live with geography SKE courses and the feedback from our students has been inspiring. We provide bespoke courses.
I have had a very positive experience on this course realising early what I needed to do to get the most out of the whole process making me more confident in my teaching of the subject
knowledge. It highlighted areas that I feel confident in such as human geography topics like population change, changing urban environments and areas that I am not confident in such as the physical
side like rocks, landforms, glaciers, and hot/cold deserts.
But because I have been able to identify these areas early by going through the exam papers and talking to Robert my tutor it has helped me focus on what was important for me to concentrate on. I would like to thank both Robert and Liza for assisting me whilst on this course as they have both been positive role models and quite inspiring with the knowledge that they have shared with me, whilst in a relaxed manner.
Mel Blackmore (8 Week SKE student)
I am sad that this is the last journal entry I am writing. I have found this SKE course to be far beneficial than I had originally thought. It has enabled me to collect resources, start thinking like a geographer and teacher. more than anything, it has shown just how passionate I am about teaching this subject and I cannot wait for September to share this with my students.
I would also like to thank you and Oliver for all your help. You have given me the confidence to start teaching and given me great feedback with which I can use to continue to improve myself. I think that it is a fantastic SKE programme and would like to pass on my gratitude to all those involved.
Rich Aikman (24 Week SKE Student)
SKE students have enjoyed working through essential geography topics taught within UK schools and optional A level units. The one to one lessons that we provide to support students on their online geography SKE is a defining feature of our bespoke service and is what stands us out from the crowd.
With their own pathway through the course material, students make rapid progress with their subject knowledge in areas that benefits them the most. Qualified geography teachers are on hand to help guide students onto the most appropriate units in preparation for ITT. The learning experience Eureka Online College creates for their students is something that is often praised by students in their feedback, stating that the course is much more personal, engaging and practical than they expected from an online course providing SKE. Enrolling onto our geography SKE course is the best preparation you can do before starting your geography ITT.
If you are interested in completing a geography SKE course with us, please note that we only offer subject knowledge enhancement courses for preITT students with a conditional offer to complete a PGCE / School Direct teacher training. We do not offer self-funded courses for qualified teachers.
I am a long-serving Head of Department and examiner, qualifying via a BSc at King’s College London and PGCE at the Institute of Education. During roles as a local authority Subject Advisor and performance manager, I have enjoyed mentoring new teachers. My passion is ‘Geography in Action’; using events such as Fair Trade Fortnight, Eco-Schools Award, and fieldwork to destinations near and far to promote a love of the subject.
Since achieving qualified teacher status with an 'Outstanding' grading, I have been teaching Geography in a successful, large comprehensive school In Essex. On completion of my NQT year I was promoted to the academic head of year 8 responsible for monitoring attainment and motivating approximately 280 students. Within the Geography department I am responsible for and experienced in teaching throughout all the key stages. I love teaching and enjoy constructing creative resources to engage learners.
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