Lincolnshire SCITT

Secondary Programme: Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

What is a SKE and why would I need one?

As an ITT provider we may see applicants who have the potential to become a great teacher but who need to increase their subject knowledge before the Teachers Standards can be met. If during the recruitment and selection process we identify your need for a SKE, we would ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to bring your knowledge up to date.

Subject Knowledge Enhancements are available in a variety of subjects, running anywhere from 8 weeks to 28 weeks, and can be undertaken by trainees on a full-time or part-time basis.

SKEs are available in 2020-21 for courses of 8 - 28 weeks in the following subjects:

  • mathematics
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • computing
  • languages
  • English
  • design & technology
  • religious education

SKE physics courses will be available from January 2021.  All other SKE courses will be available from April 2021.

You might need a SKE to begin an ITT course if:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level 
  • you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional knowledge in the subject
  • it's been some time since you used your degree knowledge
  • you studied for a languages degree but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools.

When do we identify the need for a SKE?

It could be:

  • when an applicant is undertaking school experience
  • during discussions with an individual before they apply
  • from the application form
  • during the applicant’s interview

If successful at interview we would offer you a teacher training place with the condition that you complete a SKE course before starting our programme in September.

How do I complete a SKE:

The Priory Trust (Lincolnshire SCITT) is delighted to have been accredited as a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Provider from 2021. We look forward to supporting future teachers in maths, physics, chemistry, biology, computing, languages, religious education and English.

Full details of how we will deliver the SKE provision will appear on this page over the next few weeks.

*Lincolnshire SCITT will assist and provide recommendations for SKE providers, however applicants are responsible for applying to SKE themselves once they have accepted their conditional offer.

Is there Funding:

Eligibility for funding is currently under review and details will be shared with SKE providers shortly, we will publish further detail on this page once received. 

Further information on SKE’s can be found on the Get into Teaching website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses