Please read the following before applying


To be eligible for a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) funded place on our SKE course you must have accepted a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate or School Direct initial teacher training (ITT) programme prior to applying for an SKE course. 

The completion of an SKE course must be a condition of your ITT offer in order to meet the NCTL eligibility criteria for course and bursary funding.

To be eligible for the additional bursary funding you must have been awarded or in the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree of 2:2 classification (or equivalent).

Your School Direct school or ITT provider must agree to:

  • Directly request SKE funding and SKE training bursary from the NCTL to cover the full cost of the SKE course and pay Tes Institute's invoice for the course provided while also handling the administration of the SKE training bursary if they are eligible to receive this.*


  • Nominate Tes Institute to receive the SKE course funding and SKE trainees' bursary directly from the NCTL. Tes Institute will then administer the funding of the bursary to the trainee. For full details on funding and how to apply please visit, NCTL SKE Operations Manual.

Supplementary Funding

This extra funding is designed for any trainees who need additional financial support and wouild otherwise be unable to undertake an SKE programme.

Additional supplementary funding of £85 per week is available for all eligible SKE applicants. This funding will be paid at the same time as an eligible applicant's main SKE bursary. A copy of the supplementary funding policy can be found here.

If you have any questions about the supplementary bursary please contact

Overlapping SKE with ITT

SKE courses can overlap with the start of a initial teacher training (ITT) course, however if you choose to overlap your SKE course with your training you must complete the SKE programme before you can be awarded QTS.

It is important that you are aware that overlapping SKE with ITT requires a large commitment from you to complete the work for both programmes. We strongly advise you discuss this option with your ITT provider before applying for an SKE course that overlaps with the start of your ITT.

During the time that an SKE course is being undertaken alongside ITT you will not be eligible to receive your SKE bursary as NCTL funding rules do not allow two bursaries to be received concurrently. 

Self-funded SKE places

It is also possible for other persons (those who are ineligible for a NCTL funded SKE place) to take a Tes Institute SKE course.  Tuition fee rates for self-funded places on SKE courses are available upon request from Tes Institute.

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