I was in FE from 94? ? 2000. I was full-time course leader for BTEC Nat Dip in Art & Design in 2 different colleges. Whilst there I undertook my teacher training: got the old City & Guilds Cert in F.E & Higher Ed and D32/33, then completed PGCE in FE via Manchester Met Uni in 1999. After having my children (I am 44 now), I have now returned to art teaching and changed sectors from FE to secondary. For the past 3 years I have had fixed term (maternity cover) contracts at 5 different secondary schools and been employed at Point 6 on the unqualified scale. Each contract has been back-to-back continuous employment. I love teaching this age group; I have lots of experience under my belt, excellent references, and expertise in KS3/GCSE/A level art. I would like now for my employment to become permanent. I am in a quandary about exactly how to do this. My PGCE does not have QTLS (it did not exist then) and without either QTS or QTLS I am finding it very difficult to get interviewed for permanent positions. Question 1 ? Is there any way that my PGCE in FE can be accredited with QTLS when I am no longer employed in that sector? (I understand that Mr Gove is considering parity between QTS/QTLS now.) Question 2 ? Are some schools more bothered than others about QTS? Should I ask schools with vacancies beforehand if they would consider me? (I ask this as I know that academies can employ who they wish to and I also worked in the independent sector and QTS mattered little to them.) Question 3 ? What options do I have to get qualified? I have looked into the Assessment Based Option route at Uni of Glos, however, my teaching contracts have been typically 6-9 months and the schools have not been interested in assisting me on such a short contract. The GTP (I understand) appears to only want priority subjects, which is understandable. My last school suggested EM Direct as an option, but again, places are scarce and priority given to other subjects. BTW, I live in Northamptonshire. Question 4 ? The final one (I promise!). Is it just worth taking the maternity cover contracts and hope that it eventually leads to a permanent post? I have made some fantastic contacts over the years. Every department head and Headteacher I have worked with have told me that they wanted me to stay, if only they could have. They have supplied me with glowing references and consider me to be an outstanding teacher. I would just like to know the most effective route I can take to get a permanent position. Any advice you have for me would be greatly received. Thanks.