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 Department for Education.

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

Published 21 August 2015
Last updated 29 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated SKE funding manual
  2. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) funding manual 2016 to 2017 added.
  3. Update to dates in paragraphs 10 and 11 and page 10 on subject knowledge enhancement operations manual 2015 to 2016
  4. First published.