Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Aptitude for Teaching and interpersonal skills

Qualifications are only half of the picture when you are considering a career in teaching. Teaching is a profession like no other: as a teacher you never stop learning, and as a learner you never stop teaching. You need to be able to embrace the opportunities to collaborate as an active member of a team, and have the discipline and initiative to put yourself forward to lead and drive projects as they arise.

Does this sound like you?

As an Alliance, we particularly value candidates who have had recent formal or informal experience in an educational context and can articulate examples of how their vision or practice has been shaped by this experience.

Personal Skills Profile

As a successful applicant, you will have:

  • excellent communication skills
  • a commitment and drive to work hard
  • the ability to establish positive working relationships
  • the confidence and ability to engage with children
  • the desire to be an active part of a professional team
  • an understanding of, and commitment to, excellence in education
  • a developing knowledge of pedagogy and current educational issues
  • the ability to adapt and be flexible
  • a sense of humour.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If you are considering a career in teaching, but you feel that you may need to refresh or develop your subject expertise, it may be necessary for you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE).

Under the list of “National Programmes are available in:” please amend to:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Geography
  • Computer Science

An SKE course may be appropriate if you have:

  • studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the basic skills needed to teach at secondary level
  • studied a degree that’s related to the subject, rather than an exact match for it
  • recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
  • changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
  • a languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools.

A decision about the need for an SKE will be identified during the recruitment and selection process, and the type of SKE can vary from an 8 week refresher or booster programme, through to a 28 week programme undertaken on a full or part-time basis.

SKE courses may be completed before an ITT course commences, or run alongside it and will consist of a combination of online distant learning and / or face-to-face support sessions.

All SKE programmes must be completed before Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can be recommended and awarded.

SKE programmes are available either online or classroom-based depending on your circumstances. We recommend VIDLEARN as an online option. Please see their website for more details:


National SKE programmes area available all over England and can be viewed on the SKE Course Directory:

» Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Directory