Research report presenting the final annual report of the subject knowledge enhancement courses programme.
This evaluation looked at the effectiveness of the subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme in equipping teacher trainees to specialise in teaching a subject in school and the impact it had on trainees who had been through the programme compared to those who had not.
The overall aims of the evaluation as set in 2009 are to:
- assess the effectiveness of the SKE courses in preparing trainees sufficiently in their subject areas to meet the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards
- evaluate the effectiveness of the SKE courses in equipping trainees to become subject specialists in schools
- investigate any differences between traditional entry and SKE candidates during all stages of becoming a teacher (successfully completing training, commencing teaching in schools, becoming high-quality teachers and progressing within the teaching profession)
- gauge the SKE courses’ effectiveness in terms of meeting the 2014 targets for mathematics and science teaching in schools
Changes to the 2014 targets for mathematics and science teaching in schools has had a direct effect on the fourth aim of this evaluation. Whilst the political context within which SKE courses are operating has changed since the evaluation first started, overall, mathematics and science teaching and learning remains a key priority for government.
These four main evaluation criteria therefore, underpin the structure of this report and its conclusions. This report is the final annual report of the evaluation. It is accompanied by a technical report which analyses survey findings.