We’ve been offering SKE courses since 2014 and we understand the different roles of the stakeholders of the SKE scheme. However, these roles are changing with the proposed Framework Agreement.
Obviously, the most important stakeholder of the SKE program will continue to be the participants. It’s important the we focus all our efforts on their needs to help them to meet their subject requirements according to Teachers’ Standards. Therefore, there won’t be significant changes in the SKE delivery method. However, now, participants will have the final choice of the SKE provider according to their needs.
As third-party SKE providers our relationship with participants will also change slightly from the commercial point of view. Now we will have to collect all the information directly from participants to complete the SER form and we’ll be in charge of getting the participant’s funding by ourselves and not depending on ITT providers now.
This change in the model also affects our relation with the ITT providers. It will be reduced in terms of getting the funding. Up to now, we had to get funding via the ITTs but now we will have to seek funding directly from the DfE. Additionally, participants will choose their preferred SKE provider and ITTs will not have the possibility of interfere with participant’s decisions.
The model in respect to ITTs will be the same in terms of setting the course length and requirements as well as our obligation to communicate whether the participant has achieved the required subject and curriculum knowledge so that the conditions of the ITT offer are met.
The relation we had with the other main stakeholder, the DfE, will grow substantially. With this Framework Agreement our administration work will increase to a large extent.
Annually, at the beginning of the year, we will be required to submit the Annual Recruitment and Delivery Plan setting our expectations for the year. At the end of the year, we will also need to submit the Annual Financial Reconciliation Return and the Management Information.
In order to get funding, first, we’ll need a Purchase Order, then a Service Eligibility Request entry form for each participant and an invoice . Once the form is approved by the DfE, we’ll need to pay the bursary to the participant in monthly installments.
Once the course has started, the Framework Agreement doesn’t change much of the previous model. We will need to communicate withdrawals, participants who don’t start the course or changes in length if the ITT requires them.
COURSES MODULAR AND FLEXIBLE - TAILORED PROGRAM TO MEET SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS
SHORT COURSES ARE SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE REFRESHERS. LONGER COURSES ARE FOR PARTICIPANTS WITH LIMITED SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE
TO DEVELOP COURSES APPROPRIATE FOR THE SUBJECT, PHASE AND AGE THAT THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TEACHING
CONTENT LINKED TO CORE KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS UNDERPINNING TEACHING OF THE SUBJECT
TALK ABOUT BLENDED COURSES FACE TO FACE / ONLINE
Our proposed SKE service delivery model doesn’t diverge from what we have been doing as an SKE Third Party Provider since 2014 and that meets all the SKE provision goals.
We offer quality blended Spanish courses, with two weeks in Spain complemented by an online course with videoconferences to consolidate what the students learnt in Spain. Our courses will focus on the language but also on the necessary skills to teach Spanish to British children focusing on students' needs.
In some exceptional cases, our SKE course could be just online. In that case, we would have more videoconference lessons with the student in order to comply with the SKE course goals.
Like Sue Mahoney(1) said "You delivered a great course that gave me an understanding of Spanish language that I could never have achieved in the UK in such a short time". Our main goal is that SKE participants achieve at least a B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This level will meet the subject requirements of the Teachers Standards specified on the Language programmes of study for teaching at least on Key Stage 3.
In the two homestay weeks in Spain, our courses are designed according to participant's needs. Our previous SKE participants had different levels of Spanish competence and we are addressing this common issue by individualising the tutoring. This is the case of Rachel Porter(1) "I did not really know any Spanish before arriving, but Fernando’s clear explanations and exercises gave me a firm foundation for me to expand upon" In this case, for example, while other students with a wider knowledge of the language, were focusing on fluency, Rachel had to pay more attention to basic grammar points for, at a later stage, focus on fluency too. This individualisation and personalisation of our courses is the main reason why we have no more than 5 students at the same time in our two weeks in Spain.
Additionally, our courses are not only focused on the language language but also on how to teach Spanish to UK students. We will highlight the main problems British students face when learning Spanish (i.e. the uses of the past tenses, how to teach Spanish pronunciation, etc.) Elizabeth Smith(1), one of our SKE students, pointed out that "Fernando has taught Spanish in UK secondary schools too, so it was very useful to get tips from him on which language points children tend to find most difficult, and advice on how to go about teaching certain things".
In our online course. Students will follow our web-based courses based on a textbook that will guide participants throughout the course. Participants will always have the support of our tutors who will correct the work published by them on the online forums. Participants will get a prompt from their textbook to post a message in the forum discussion boards, then we will point their mistakes out so that participants can correct those mistakes by themselves. If they're not able to correct the exercise, their Spanish tutor will explain to them how it works in Spanish. Richard Highbid(1) explains how this correcting method improves the participant experience: “Fernando’s corrections and outlining of the errors made (but crucially without simply giving me the solution) have helped me enormously to reflect and improve both my written and spoken Spanish.” Therefore, online participants always have the support of a tutor and won’t feel isolated.
Participants, at the end of the units will have a Skype video-conference lesson. Students will gain extra support with our video-conference lessons where students will revise their work as well as practicing their speaking skills.
(1) Reviews from SKE participants published in accordance to Data Protection Spanish Law and with the explicit consent of SKE participants.
Our SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) Spanish courses are funded by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership). You can get 100% funding of course fees plus a bursary for covering part of your own expenses.
However, The Spanish Course doesn’t get involved with requesting funding from NCTL.
Before applying to our SKE Spanish courses the applicant must have applied for and discussed the offer of a place on an ITT (Initial Teacher Training) programme to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The need for SKE should be identified by the ITT provider and not the trainee nor The Spanish Course.
Once you tell your ITT provider you have chosen The Spanish Course as your SKE provider, the ITT provider will contact The Spanish Course to discuss course fee’s prior to requesting funding from NCTL. The ITT provider is responsible for administering the funds.
Therefore, it is important that you contact your ITT provider regarding funding for The Spanish Course SKE courses.
Our SKE courses include:
Two home-stay weeks in Spain
The Spanish Course SKE courses are designed according to student's needs and focus not only on the language but also on how to teach Spanish to UK students. Our main goal is that SKE students achieve at least a B1 level but we will also highlight the main problems British students face when learning Spanish.
Fernando Pérez Cos, the program leader, is an experience teacher and one of the authors of AS/A2 textbook ¡Ponte al Día! Therefore, he will be able to help you in both your teaching and language skills.
Students will be in small groups (maximum 5 people).
You will be accommodated at our home, sharing our family lifestyle. However, you will have your own bedroom with en-suite bathroom to enjoy all the privacy you require.
Santander Airport Transfer. Students will be picked up at Santander Airport (Direct Ryanair flights from London Stansted).
Ryanair flights to Santander will be paid in advance by the student but you will receive a bursary from the DfE that will cover flights and other expenses.
Six weeks online course
6 weeks online course. Students will follow our web-based courses. A textbook will guide you throughout the course and you will always have the support of our tutors who will correct the work published by you on the online forums.
Materials. We'll provide students with all the materials needed for the course.
Students will follow our web-based courses.
A textbook will guide you throughout the course
You will always have the support of our tutors who will correct the work published by you on the online forums.
We’ll provide students with all the materials needed for the course
Students will gain extra support with our weekly video conference lesson where students will revise their work as well as practising their speaking skills.
One to One lessons with your tutor focused on speaking.
Ask you questions and solve your problems.
Practice what you’ve learnt online.
6 video conference lessons. Students will gain extra support with our weekly video conference lesson where students will revise their work as well as practising their speaking skills.