Subject knowledge enhancement explained

Speaker 1: SKE stands for subject knowledge
enhancement and it allows you to build upon your
subject knowledge that you would be expected to have as a teacher. And people do it if
they maybe have an A Level in the area but not a degree.
I personally didn’t have a degree in the area, so it felt quite intense and it was a lot
of work, but I really loved doing it, and it’s allowed
me to start my PGCE in physics with confidence that I know
that I have the ability to teach that subject.   Speaker 2: People perhaps have been in accountancy
and think, well, you know, ‘I would like to be a
maths teacher’ so there’s relevancy there. They might have a degree in maths but want
to teach physics, so we would look at the whole person’s
profile and then make a decision or recommend whether they needed subject knowledge enhancement. Speaker 3: I did my A Level, but it was nearly
nine years ago now – I’m getting on a bit. So I thought,
even I knew that I’d need to polish up on my maths course and knowledge from A Level,
just so I’ve got a bit of certainty when I teach it.   Speaker 4: Originally I was interested in
biology, but when I contacted the University of
Southampton the said that I didn’t have enough to do biology, but because I’d done A Level
physics, the physics programme would be very much open
to me to apply. And as a result of that, got more
interested in that. Speaker 2: There’s lots of people who’ve
thought about teaching, perhaps drifted into different
career paths and they’ve perhaps had a hankering, a desire in the background, to be a teacher.
I think it’s particularly for those sort of
people who’ve got in a job, it’s bringing money in, but they’re
not totally satisfied in what they’re doing and they think teaching will give them more
job satisfaction – the idea of making a difference
to people and the world.

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