Subject knowledge enhancement

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes are available to support you in your bid to gain a teacher training place. To speak to us about SKE contact us at 

ske@shottonhallscitt.co.uk or call 0191 5180222 (ext 17161).

Ske@shottonhallscitt.co.u

What is Subject Knowledge Enhancement?

 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are designed for ITT participants to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject. The free courses are intended for trainees who, without SKE, would be highly unlikely to meet the subject knowledge requirements of the Teachers' Standards by the time their ITT course is complete. 

 

To be eligible for an SKE course, prospective trainees must hold a conditional offer of an ITT place and have the need to complete a SKE course identified. The choice of SKE provider is entirely yours.

 

Why should I choose Shotton Hall?

 

Our team have ensured that we have a track record of 100% successful completion rate over the last four years.

 

Our SCITT provision and is judged to be outstanding and is led by a twice outstanding secondary school, The Academy at Shotton Hall. We have worked with St John's School and Sixth Form College since 2017 to deliver online Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses in line with the latest curriculum and assessments requirements to ensure new entrants to the teaching profession get off to a flying start.

 

Our courses ensure that all participants gain the necessary pre-ITT subject knowledge they need to start their ITT year successfully. 

 

We have a dedicated team with substantial SKE experience that includes:

  • Current classroom teachers from good and outstanding schools with significant experience in their subject areas.

  • An SKE Quality Assurance Team

  • An established administration and finance team

  • An IT technical support team​

What does this mean for you?

 

Although much SKE is built into training, intense SKE may be required where a deepening of knowledge alongside your related degree is needed.

 

Experienced and outstanding classroom practitioners within NELT have developed bespoke, online SKE courses to help new entrants to the profession brush up on their subject knowledge before they embark on initial teacher training. Courses are available in French, Spanish, maths, English, computer science, physics, chemistry and biology, geography, RE and primary maths. 

 

Frequently asked questions about SKE

 

What subjects are available at Shotton Hall?

 

We provide SKE courses for the following:

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • English

  • French

  • Spanish

  • R.E. (8 modules/weeks only)

  • Computer Science

  • Primary Mathematics

What does a Shotton Hall SKE course look like?

 

Each course comprises of:

  • 8-12 online modules

  • 16 hours of directed study per module

  • 9 hours of independent study per module

  • personalised support and guidance from a designated subject mentor (an existing leading classroom practitioner) across the entire course

  • formative, diagnostic assessment process comprising of tracking forms and quizzes

  • dedicated administration, finance and IT support

  • processes to feedback on course quality

 

In addition, all participants will receive an end of course certificate of completion to confirm they have the required pre-ITT subject knowledge in order to be trained to teach. 

How long does it take to complete an SKE course?

 

Each module comprises a total of 25 hours of study which equates to one week. We offer courses of either 8 weeks or 12 weeks in length, however there is flexibility to spend longer, for example through completion on a part time basis. It is also possible to finish the course during an Initial Teaching Training year. 

 

How much will I be paid?

 

Participants will receive a £175 tax free payment per module, with up to £2100 over a 12 module course.