Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Why choose Harton Academy’s SKE?

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) aims to be different. Designed and delivered by a small team of outstanding practitioners. Our SKE is led by an outstanding mathematics specialist who started her teaching journey by completing a SKE herself! This means that not only can we use our own experience to design a course that really gives you the curriculum knowledge you’ll need in the classroom, but that we can anticipate the areas you might find a challenge and work with you to overcome them.

We also offer a truly blended approach. While our course can be completed entirely online, we also offer regular physical drop in sessions to help your subject knowledge develop. Our course work modules are also truly ‘one of a kind’ and help you bridge the gap between subject knowledge enhancement and developing the pedagogical skills you’ll need in the classroom.

What length of SKE does Harton Academy offer?

Our SKE currently offers 8, 12 and 16 week courses through blended study. This means you can complete the course entirely online, or mix and match online study with additional classroom based learning opportunities also on offer.

How much does the course cost?

A SKE is free when you have already accepted a conditional offer of an ITT place and when the conditions specify that you must complete a SKE. We are also able to offer our SKE courses to participants who are unable to secure a free place but would still like to complete a course. For further information on enrolling onto a SKE without an ITT place, please email

What will my training bursary be?

Training bursaries are paid in instalments across your training year and the value of them depends on the length of course you undertake. 8 week courses receive a £1,600 bursary; 12 week courses receive £2,400 and 16 week courses receive £3,200 paid in instalments across the academic year. At Harton SKE we will usually recommend you undertake the 16 week course to give you the best possible preparation for initial teacher training.

What will I study?

Your SKE journey will be bespoke to your individual needs. Based on your three initial assessments, our SKE team tailor builds a course to strengthen you in the areas where you need further development. The modules on offer current cover the entire KS3 and GCSE curriculum, with additional A-Level content also on offer. Once allocated your modules, you are then able to work at your own pace to complete them.

Can I complete a SKE alongside ITT training?

We advise all participants to have completed their SKE before beginning initial teacher training; however you can combine SKE study with ITT training,

What are the SKE course outcomes?

Our SKE course aims to give you a detailed knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject, with a particular focus on the knowledge and skills you will need in the classroom. We want to help you develop the skills you will need to create pupil-centred lessons as a truly reflective practitioner. As such, many of our SKE tasks aim to bridge the gap to ITT with the intention of giving you a base of resources which you will be able to readily transfer to the classroom. On completion of our SKE you will receive a Harton Teaching School Certificate to acknowledge your achievement.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments take a variety of forms on our SKE course, including the use of workbooks, course work and final examinations. As part of the assessment process, you will receive detailed help and guidance from your mentor with the aim of helping you improve your subject knowledge and teaching practice even further.

What are the entry requirements?

We consider applicants from a range of backgrounds, although usually expect a strong GCSE pass (or equivalent) and some A-Level experience. You must have an offer of a place on a teacher training programme with this SKE course being a condition of that offer. You must not have attended any DFE or NCTL funded SKE courses previously and your teacher training subject must be Mathematics.

If you have any question as to your suitability for the course, please contact


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