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.