Dear Tes community, I am a newly qualified teacher (Studied PCET). Along with a cohort of similarly confused teachers we are facing the difficult task of navigating the dark and murky waters of current educational policy. Basically I'd really appreciate some honest advice of those in the know as how to proceed. I've read a number of posts on this forum about QTLS and QTS but due to the fact that the government is currently changing things I am a bit lost. I've been looking into gaining QTLS status, as this is in line with post-compulsory education. However due to the cost (didn't we already pay enough in teacher training?) I wonder whether this is worth it or not. As I understand in FE you don't nessesarily need QTLS, but would it give me an advantage? I am also wondering whether I need to gain QTLS ASAP as the government is proposing changing this? Or do I just wait? Some new teachers bemoan that we don't gain QTS with our qualification. Our tutors were deliberately evasive and unhelpful with regards to this. I appreciate the qualification we have completed is for ages 14+, but due to the lack of full-time secure positions in FE many would like to gain QTS status to give them-selves more opportunities. As I understand, this is an expensive route. Is there an alternative? Or would one need to study for a PGCE (even though we kind of did?)? Sorry, last question. With those of us with the PCET qualification, are we actually allowed to work in a Secondary school (government school)? Once again I appreciate the qualification we completed was for post-compulsory so we can work in 6th forms upwards but is this an option? As I understand it we would have to be paid the same as someone with QTS if we had QTLS, but that doesn't nessesarily provide the information that we could apply for the jobs in the first place. Thank you for your time!