Subject knowledge enhancement courses are funded by the NCTL and open the possibility to train to teach a different subject to your degree.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) is a government initiative which can be studied full time or part time, campus-based or online, or sometimes a mixture of both. It is a conversion course for those who wish to teach a STEM subject (and now biology and geography), but have a degree with relatively little mathematics or science content. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are designed to develop a deep understanding of the subject that a potential teacher trainee would like to qualify as a teacher, helping them gain knowledge and confidence to a sufficient level that they can commence an Initial Teacher Training course.
SKE courses are free and run for a maximum of 28 weeks. Since October 2015, it is now possible to complete a SKE part time, which means that a 28 week SKE course could be taken for longer if necessary. For example, on the NCTL website where it discusses the various course lengths, 1 week SKE is equivalent to 25 hours of study and so for an 8 week SKE course, which is the minimum length SKE that can be taken, you would be expected to study for a total of 200 hours. The 8 week course could however be studied over 10, 12... 16 weeks, but for funding purposes it would be treated as an 8 week SKE course. You’ll receive a bursary from the Department for Education for the duration of the course which equals £200 per week for students meeting the eligibility criteria and based on full time study.
Some describe subject knowledge enhancement courses as being ideal for career changers, e.g. for those transferring into physics teaching after a career in engineering, but SKE courses are also very relevant and helpful to recent graduates that would like to teach a subject not covered in depth within their degree.
SKE programmes are available nationally at universities, schools and third parties, often referred to as private organisations. The class of provider referred to as an “accredited provider” on the SKE directory can be misleading. A SKE provider that is described on the NCTL SKE directory as “accredited” means that they are an accredited provider of ITT courses, not SKE courses. The difference between accredited providers of ITT that also run SKE courses and private organisations like Eureka Online College, that specialises in SKE, is how the funding is applied for. If you are an ITT provider that would like to commission Eureka Online College to deliver your SKE course, please get in touch and we would be happy to explain the process.
Bursary Changes 2016/17
From October 2016 to 25th January 2017, trainee bursary funding was set at £115 per week per trainee. All trainees that are eligible for a training bursary, have this automatically uplifted to £200 per week.
There used to be discretionary funding available to uplift the basic bursary from £115 to up to £200 for a limited number of trainees. The discretionary bursary has now been replaced with supplementary bursary funding, which is available to all trainees (from 26th January 2017), provided that they meet the eligibility criteria for a training bursary.
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Essex Office (SKE team):
T: 01702 715 515
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