Press Release

20 May 2014

Canterbury Christ Church is the first University in the country to offer an innovative and fully funded, new teacher education programme for the Further Education and Skills sector.

Premium Graduate ITE will offer outstanding STEME (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and English) graduates the chance to train to become teachers for post 16 year olds, gaining a PGCE Post Compulsory, as well as the opportunity to gain a Masters degree in Transformative Leadership and Management.

Students who enrol on the two year course will receive a £20,000 bursary for each year of the programme as well as having their PGCE and MA fees funded by the Education and Training Foundation.

Andrew Armitage, Head of Department Post Compulsory Education, said: “We are delighted to be selected as one of only three pilots nationally to run the Premium Graduate ITE Programme; the only programme to be run in the South East and the only University chosen. We are looking for outstanding graduates who are experts in their subject specialism to come and train to teach in this exciting sector”.

The programme is designed for those committed to Further Education and Skills sector and who are interested in pursuing a leadership role. Newly qualified teachers will stay in the sector for at least two years after completion of the programme where they will be placed in one of four colleges: Bromley, Mid Kent, Hadlow or East Kent.

For more information about the Premium Graduate ITE programme or to apply for this year’s cohort of student teachers, follow the link here: Alternatively you can contact Programme Director Andrew Armitage,

Notes to Editor

  • The Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University is one of three in the country to pilot the scheme, including Blackburn College and Middlesbrough College and the only South East provider.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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