Dr Christopher (Kit) Field

Kit Field

School of Education
Director of Education
Head of the Department of Teacher Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Kit Field has been the Director of Education in the School of Education since August 2014.  Immediately prior to this Kit was seconded from his post as the Head of the Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Wolverhampton to the role of interim Executive Headteacher at a large secondary Academy in the Black Country.  He has been, the Dean of the School of Education, a Professor of Education and the interim Dean of the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton.  Before arriving at Wolverhampton in 2007, Kit was the Head of Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he also worked in the Language Studies Department and the Faculty of Education.  Kit has published in several different fields, but most notably in the areas of learning to teach modern foreign languages, subject and middle leadership and continuing professional development.  Kit has been an OfSTED inspector, and has also conducted reviews and consultancies for schools and University Education departments.  He has been the chair of the UCET CPD Standing Committee and is currently the Chair of the International Professional Development Association.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).


  • Education Doctorate (EdD):  University of Kent
  • MA Curriculum Studies:  University of Kent
  • PGCE French with German:  University of Exeter
  • BA Hons French Studies:  University of Warwick


Kit began his professional career as a teacher of French and German in Tavistock, Devon. He spent almost six years there and was responsible for children with SEN within the languages department at the time of ‘Languages for All’. Subsequently, Kit became the Head of Languages at the New Mills School in Derbyshire, and through the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative led the ‘NEMBUX’ cluster, as the modern foreign languages (MFL) coordinator involving special schools, secondary schools and a Further Education College in the New Mills and Buxton area. His arrival at Canterbury Christ Church University was as a member of the Language Studies Department where he led the MFLs PGCE. He was also Director of the Language Centre which sold and designed language courses to businesses, and provided additional language study for students on the Tourism, and Business and Management courses.

He transferred to the Education Faculty and became a Deputy and Acting Director of the Secondary PGCE at a time when student numbers grew from 140 to 300. In this role, he oversaw the curriculum and introduced the Graduate and Registered Teacher schemes, a Maitrise/PGCE programme in partnership with a French University. He also designed Foundation degrees, essentially for Teaching Assistants.

Kit was a founder member of the ‘Centre for Education Leadership and School Improvement’ (CELSI) at Canterbury Christ Church University, and then formed a new Department of Professional Development, becoming a member of the Faculty’s senior management team. He designed and wrote Masters courses in Leadership and oversaw the bidding for TDA funding though the Postgraduate Professional Development Scheme. During his time at Canterbury, Kit researched and wrote books and articles relating to mentoring, OfSTED inspections, modern foreign languages, middle leadership and continuing professional development.

Kit was a Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton for seven years during which time he was the Dean of the School of Education and for the last year of which he was the Head of Academic Practices.  Kit was conferred a Principal Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy in 2014. For three months, Kit worked as the interim Executive Head at a Black Country Academy.

During Kit’s time as the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, the School of Education achieved ‘Outstanding grades’ (primary and secondary) and ‘Good grades’ for Post Compulsory Education from OfSTED on two separate occasions. The research profile of the School rose with the establishment of ‘CeDARE’, the Centre for Development and Applied Research in Education and also of the Centre Research and Development in Lifelong Education (CRADLE).

Kit has been an external examiner for many ITE and CPD programmes, including the Institute of Education, University of London, Kings College London, Anglia Polytechnic University, Swansea Institute of Education, Liverpool University, the College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, and the University of Technology in Mauritius. External commitments have included being the Chair of the UCET CPD committee and Chair of the International Professional Development Association. Kit worked for the Training and Development Agency and the General Teaching Council in a consultancy role. He also authored texts and training materials for the National College of School Leadership.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Kit Field is supervising two EdD students:

Rosliee Linton:  Self-belief and self-conception as capacity building in senior leadership in the secondary sector

Emily Clark;  INSET in Schools – Leadership development in the context of secondary ‘Teach First Initiative’

He has the following research interests:

  • Secondary school leadership;
  • Senior and middle leadership;
  • Continuing Professional Development;
  • School Improvement;
  • Learning to Teach MFLs in the secondary school

Other activities

  • Chair of the International Professional Development Association
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • School Governor


Field K (2014)  CPD  in Arthur J, Grainger T, and Wray D  Learning to Teach in the Primary School   London:  RoutledgeFalmer. 3rd Edition

Field K (2011) ‘Reflection at the heart of professional development’ Professional Development in Education Vol37 No, 2 April 2011 pp 171-177

Field K (2010) ‘Who is the MTL for?’ TEAN Journal  Vol 1 issue 1

Pachler, N., Barnes. A. and Field, K. (2009) Learning and Teaching Modern Foreign languages – The Secondary School, Routledge, 3rd edition.

Field K, Hoult E and Hughes S (2005) Improve Your Leadership Skills  London:  Optimus

Field K  (2005)  CPD:  The English Perspective  in Alexandrou A, Field K and Mitchell H (2005)  The Continuing Professional Development of Educators   London: Symposium Bools

Field K (2005) Emerging Themes in Alexandrou A, Field K and Mitchell H (2005)  The Continuing Professional Development of Educators   London: Symposium Bools

Field K (2004) Subject Leadership and Principles of Practice:  The cross curriculum    London; The Stationery Office

Field K (2002) Professional Development Portfolio:  Structuring and Recording Teachers’ Career Development London:  Optimus Publishing

Field K (2002) Evidence Based Subject Leadership, Journal of in-Service Education Vol 28 No. 3 pp 459-474

Field K, Holden P and Lawlor H (2000) Effective Subject Leadership  London:  Routledge