Subject Knowledge Enhancement

A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Programme is designed for candidates to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach in their chosen subject. An SKE can be offered to a candidate who has a conditional offer of an Initial Teacher Training place, that is a condition to complete an SKE Course in their chosen subject. The need for an SKE is identified by the school or the University of Reading during the recruitment process.

The University of Reading offers SKE courses in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. You will need to have a related A level in your chosen subject. The courses are run as blended programmes with some face to face time.

SKE courses for Sciences are  8,12, 16 and 20 weeks programmes with two practical weeks in June and July.

The Mathematics SKE programme runs over 8 or 12 weeks from April to July.

Click here for further information on SKEs with the University of Reading.


The Department for Education (DfE) funds Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes in all the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

You can find a provider and courses by searching SKE Course Directory


Click here to watch the DfE video - Subject Knowledge Enhancement Explained



About Us

Teach Maidenhead - (University of Reading ITE Hub) is the foremost teacher training provider west of London. We provide unsalaried secondary School Direct places. Our teacher training courses are organised in partnership with The University of Reading, a large Initial Teacher Training provider. Reading University train over 400 teachers each year and are ranked 9th in the UK for Education ( The Guardian University Guide 2024)





Phone: 01628 625308 (Ext 162)

 Address: Teach Maidenhead, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ


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