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The School Direct PGCE Training Programme is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You may be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable. The latest information about bursaries and funding can be found at:
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses
SKE courses are available in Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish. We may ask you to take an SKE course if we feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training. If that is the case we will offer you a conditional place upon doing an SKE course.
This could be for several reasons, including:
- your degree was not in your chosen subject, but is closely related
- you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
- you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching
- you would benefit from a short refresher course in your chosen subject
SKE programme funding can only be claimed for one SKE course (with the exception of MFL) within the academic year. To be eligible for SKE programme funding, a participant must have accepted a conditional offer of a place on an eligible ITT course. The completion of a DfE funded SKE course must be a specific condition of their conditional ITT offer. SKE funding can only be claimed for participants who are eligible for a postgraduate ITT bursary. The exception to this rule is PE with EBacc candidates who will undertake subject training in an additional subject.
Modern foreign language teachers often teach two languages in their school. In order to equip them with the subject knowledge to teach an additional language, which will increase their employment prospects, they can now complete two fully funded SKE courses to refresh their main teaching language and to study another language.
SKE is available full time or part time, classroom based or on-line. The SKE Directory sets out what is currently provided:
If you are passionate about your subject and have the potential to be an inspirational teacher you could apply for a scholarship to support your training. Scholarships are awarded to the most gifted trainees in physics, maths, chemistry, computing, languages or geography in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.
As well as financial support, as a scholar you will enjoy a range of prestigious benefits, including:
- free membership from the professional subject associations awarding the scholarship
- access to resources and events to support you through your training
- support to improve your teacher practice and subject knowledge
- networking opportunities from a community of like-minded scholars
To be eligible for a scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths or physics. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you will need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.
Find out more at:
Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarships
British Computing Society, Computer Science Teacher Training ScholarshipsRoyal Geographical Society, Geography Teacher Training Scholarships
British Council, Languages Teacher Training Scholarships Institute of Mathematics & its Applications, Maths Teacher Training Scholarships
Institute of Physics, Physics Teacher Training Scholarships
If you are not successful in your application for a scholarship, and have secured a place on a qualifying teacher training course in England you will still receive the standard bursary.
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