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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Mathematics (Secondary)

Our SKE Secondary Mathematics courses are tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying online for 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks.

Courses are free for those eligible for funding (see 'Funding and Fees' section below).

The online SKE booster courses are designed to:

  • strengthen and enhance your existing knowledge;
  • prepare you for your future training;
  • give you confidence in another subject area.

Study is flexible and can fit around your lifestyle and commitments. There will be live video tutorials with an experienced specialist to help you to progress through the online content and tasks. The course will help you to:

  • upgrade and expand your subject knowledge;
  • develop an understanding of how your subject works;
  • develop an understanding of the key concepts and processes;
  • promote and develop independent learning skills;
  • improve your ability to identify and address your learning needs.

The SKE courses are designed for those due to embark on their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) who need to strengthen their existing subject knowledge. A certificate of completion is provided that you can forward to your training provider when you have finished the course.

Additionally:

  • If you are a serving teacher, you should check with your Teaching School Alliance (TSA) to determine if they will commission us to provide you with access to the SKE course materials.
  • The SKE may also be of interest to others who feel they would benefit from completing a course, but do not match the entry requirements for funding. See 'Funding and Fees' section below.

The Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, aims to:

  • refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
  • develop mathematical thinking;
  • develop an awareness of mathematics in real-life contexts;
  • promote independent learning skills, improve meta-cognitive skills and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.

The course requires your active participation to undertake research, solve problems and analyse data. Topics are approached in meaningful contexts in order to encourage you to explore concepts rather than to simply accept knowledge, and to look at what may be familiar subject knowledge in a different way and therefore develop a better understanding of the subject. This approach will help you to model the pedagogic approach that has been proven to facilitate learning in the classroom.

The aim is to direct you to construct your own knowledge through carrying out a series of tasks and activities. You are expected to form a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the issues under discussion and to form an appreciation of their wider context. Wherever possible, ideas encountered in the on-demand material are linked to classroom practice and appropriate pedagogy.

The course looks briefly at Key Stage 3 themes and approaches, continuing through and beyond Key Stage 4 to secure your subject knowledge sufficiently to support your teaching at AS/A-level, if required. Most of the sessions have a task associated with them which SKE participants are expected to undertake.  These tasks are generally of higher GCSE or A-level standard.

Sample course material

How the course works

All course content is accessed online through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and consists of the following:

  • An initial audit to help you plan the areas of study on which you wish to focus. This also provides a baseline from which to measure your progress.
  • Online, regular ‘Live’ tutorials with the subject tutor at fixed times during the week.
  • Online ‘on-demand’ sessions, resources and associated tasks that can be accessed at any time.
  • An online e-Portfolio where you collect the evidence of your work, assessed by the tutor at the end of the course.
  • A final audit which will demonstrate the progress you have made at the end of the course.

The on-demand material is supported by the online tutorials which use a problem-solving approach and ideas and concepts are revisited throughout the course. These weekly video conferences are scheduled in groups with a tutor who is an experienced specialist in the subject.

You will need a headset with an inbuilt microphone and USB connection to enable you to participate fully in the live tutorials.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Dates, 2016-2017

The number of places available on each cohort is subject to The National College for Teaching and Leadership allocations.

All Pre-ITT courses

(All start and end dates fall on a Saturday.)

COHORT 1 START DATE: Saturday 14 January 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 11/3/2017 CLOSED
12 weeks 8/4/2017 CLOSED
16 weeks 6/5/2017 CLOSED
20 weeks 3/6/2017 CLOSED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 1 January 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 2 START DATE: Saturday 11 February 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 8/4/2017 CLOSED
12 weeks 6/5/2017 CLOSED
16 weeks 3/6/2017 CLOSED
20 weeks 1/7/2017 CLOSED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 22 January 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 3 START DATE: Saturday 11 March 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 6/5/2017 CLOSED
12 weeks 3/6/2017 CLOSED
16 weeks 1/7/2017 CLOSED
20 weeks 29/7/2017 CLOSED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19 February 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 4 START DATE: Saturday 8 April 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 3/6/2017 CLOSED
12 weeks 1/7/2017 CLOSED
16 weeks 29/7/2017 CLOSED
20 weeks 26/8/2017 CLOSED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19 March 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 5 START DATE: Saturday 6 May 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 1/7/2017 CLOSED
12 weeks 29/7/2017 CLOSED
16 weeks 26/8/2017 CLOSED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 16 April 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 6 START DATE: Saturday 3 June 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 29/7/2017 OPEN
12 weeks 26/8/2017 OPEN

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 14 May 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.

COHORT 7 START DATE: Saturday 1 July 2017

Length* End Date: Status
8 weeks 26/8/2017 OPEN

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 11 June 2017

*For those applying for Primary Maths, we are currently only offering an 8-week course.


Post-ITT (Serving Teachers)

Course length and start and end dates are by arrangement with your school.

 

For eligible pre-ITT applicants, a limited number of places on these courses are fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). We deal with the funding request directly from your application information.

For serving teachers, funding must be secured via the Teaching School Alliances (TSA) who will then pay us direct for your access to the SKE materials.

Funding
So that we can confirm whether or not you are eligible for NCTL course funding for this pre-ITT SKE course, you must:

  • have accepted a conditional offer of a place on a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training programme in the same subject area as the SKE subject area of study. For SKE Primary Mathematics the offer must be for a Primary Mathematics Specialism or Primary Mathematics Specialist Initial Teacher Training programme.
    For all courses you must also have the completion of an SKE course as a requirement of your conditional offer.
    Evidence of the requirement to complete an SKE by the appropriate ITT provider will need to be provided as part of the application process.
  • not be undertaking or apply for any other Pre-ITT SKE courses with any other providers during the same academic year
  • be a Home or EU student and not classed as an overseas fee paying PGCE, School Direct or SCITT student
  • not be employed as a teacher, already hold Qualified Teacher Status or be eligible to be awarded QTS
  • hold a minimum honours degree classification of 2:2 or equivalent, except for Physics and Maths.
    Students who are studying on a Maths or Physics SKE with a 3rd class relevant degree and a B at A Level in the subject they are studying may be entitled to a bursary. Students with overseas qualifications will be required to provide a NARIC statement and transcripts clearly showing that their qualification is equivalent to a Bachelor Degree with Honours at a 2:2 or above or a 3rd in a relevant degree with a B at A level in Maths, further Maths or Physics as appropriate.

Tuition fees (for non-funded places)
Applicants who do not meet the criteria for a funded place will need to pay the appropriate tuition fee for the course length they wish to study.

Contact us for the self-funded fee rates.

Training bursaries are available for those who meet the NCTL criteria for an SKE bursary in their chosen subject. Those starting an SKE course after 26th January 2017 and before 31st July 2017 will be assessed for a bursary which will be the equivalent of £200 per week of study on the SKE course. All students who enrol on an SKE course will be assessed against the criteria to determine their eligibility. Further details on the eligibility criteria available in the bursary guidance.

For full information, read our SKE Bursary Guidance (pdf)

To apply for funding and a bursary, you will need to submit the following:

A certificate of successful completion is given to those who show progress, submit the required evidence and engage throughout the course. NB: This is a non-credit-bearing course.

Course activity and engagement with online tutorials is monitored by our software and is compulsory.

Progress in the course is demonstrated in part by the difference between an initial audit and a final audit score. A portfolio of set tasks also demonstrates your learning progression and is assessed at the end of the course. This can serve as evidence towards Standard 3 of the QTS Teaching Standards.

You are expected to spend a minimum average of 25 hours a week working on the course.

The following are needed for the course:

  • A desktop or laptop personal computer (Windows PC or Mac);
  • A stable, reliable internet connection.
  • A headset with a USB connection that incorporates a microphone.
    (You will need this to enable you to participate fully in the live tutorials.)
  • Access to a smartphone/digital camera or scanner to capture handwritten evidence for the online portfolio.

For further details: Minimum Required Computer Specification (pdf)

Please note: if you do not have the equipment listed, you will need to purchase it as funding is not available for IT equipment.

  • From numbers to algebra
  • From counting to computers
  • Massive and miniscule numbers
  • Square numbers and circular measures
  • Mental mathematical machinations
  • From paper folding to angle
  • From dotty grids to polygons
  • Circles
  • Solid air
  • Volumes and surface areas of selected solids
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Functions
  • Solving equations
  • Plotting equations
  • Trigonometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Transformations
  • More algebra
  • Statistics and probability in politics and society
  • Statistics and probability in internet searching
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Graph sketching
  • Complex numbers
  • Vectors and matrices
  • Mechanics
  • Trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Data analysis and probability distributions
  • Inferential statistics
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Calculus – algebraic functions and their derivatives
  • Differentiation of trig, log and exp functions
  • Applications of differentiation
  • Integration
  • Introduction of decision analysis
  • Project management: CPM/PERT
  • The transportation algorithm
  • Network problems and game theory
  • Applications of the definite integral
  • Vectors and coordinate systems
  • Differential equations
  • Newton’s laws and kinematics
  • Topics in mechanics

You can view some sample course material.

  • What has maths ever done for us?
  • National Curriculum KS3
  • National Curriculum KS4
  • Mathematics and the national strategy
  • How we learn maths
  • Misconceptions in mathematics
  • Rich mathematics lessons: using a variety of teaching strategies
  • How do I explain this?
  • Teaching mathematics at KS3
  • Teaching mathematics at KS4
  • ICT in mathematics
  • Language in the maths classroom
  • Outside the classroom
  • Mathematics at 16+
  • Fun maths
  • Differentiating the maths curriculum
  • What kind of maths teacher am I?
  • Project management: CPM/PERT
  • The transportation algorithm
  • Network problems and game theory
  • Applications of the definite integral
  • Vectors and coordinate systems
  • Differential equations
  • Newton’s laws and kinematics
  • Topics in mechanics

You can view some sample course material.

Pre-initial Teacher Training:
To apply for an SKE course, please complete the online form below:

Apply online now »

As detailed in the application form, you will also need to email a copy of your ID and proof that completion of the SKE course is a condition of your offer of an ITT place.

To apply for a bursary, see ‘Bursaries’ section above.

Serving Teachers (for access to SKE materials only)
Applications will be via your Teaching School Alliance in the first instance.

Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions.

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Length

  • 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks, online

Entry requirements

  • Pre-ITT: You must have accepted a conditional offer of an ITT place where the conditions indicate an SKE course must be completed.

    Post-ITT (serving teachers): Places must be requested through a group of Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) that have secured the funding for courses this year. The TSA can then commission us to provide access to the SKE course materials.

    Other: We can provide our SKE courses to candidates who can't secure a free place but would still benefit from completing a course.

    Further information: Please contact us for further details.

Location

  • Online

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