Cathrine Jones

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics

The course was ideal for us all, so if it is a long time since you studied a subject then an SKE course would be perfect for you.”

“I last studied mathematics at A-level, 18 years ago, so when I decided that I wanted to teach the subject I realised I would probably need to do a refresher course. My PGCE interviewer agreed and recommended a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme in mathematics.

I initially thought I would have to complete a 6-month SKE programme, but a maths test found that a two-week course would be enough for me to get up to speed. I was surprised and really nervous that my mathematics ability would be the weakest in the group, but soon realised that my weakness wasn’t in maths but in my confidence, which the course really helped to build.

The sessions are delivered as you would teach maths in a classroom, with an introduction from the tutor and then you have a go yourself. We were encouraged to talk amongst ourselves and to question the tutors, something you couldn’t do in a lecture format. We were also told that there are no stupid questions, so there was no embarrassment and I got lots from each session.

The SKE tutors are brilliant. They are all experienced mathematics teachers who know exactly what students will be facing and are very approachable and supportive.

The students on the course were a really varied bunch, ranging from new graduates to people in their 50s looking for a career change. The course was ideal for us all, so if it is a long time since you studied a subject then an SKE course would be perfect for you. Without it I would not be qualified or confident enough to do my PGCE, and wouldn’t be looking forward to a career as a mathematics teacher.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics.