SKE courses are intended to boost teacher trainees’ subject knowledge prior to ITT to enable successful progression to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They are particularly useful for those whose academic background omits aspects of their SKE specialist subject at a level necessary for teaching it in secondary schools. SKE courses are funded by the DfE and are therefore free to participants with a conditional offer. Additionally, eligible DfE-funded SKE trainees are entitled to a tax-free bursary. The bursary is dependent on attendance and progression at the required rate.