Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): funding manual

A guide for training providers requesting funding for pre-initial teacher training SKE programmes and bursaries.


Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) funding manual 2017 to 2018


A manual for initial teacher training (ITT) providers and School Direct lead schools to use as a guidance document to request subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

SKE programmes are pre-ITT programmes designed to help potential trainees gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject.

The funding manual outlines:

  • funding eligibility
  • SKE programme and bursary funding rates
  • how to request funding
  • how payments will be made
  • information about financial audit requirements

For SKE funding to be released, School Direct lead schools and ITT providers must have a signed grant offer letter in place. All highlighted sections in the grant offer letter must be completed and annex A must be signed by the accounting officer.

The grant offer letter should be returned to the SKE team at