I would second all that S+T has said. Push for completing your NQT year - even if it means ringing local schools yourself - you can always use the last couple of weeks in the summer term, during/after A level exams - a colleague here did that last year (actually I think 2 have). Then relax and teach a year and do some spangly CPD, then apply for QTLS! And no. Observations and teaching during training don't count towards QTLS, it is a post qualification accolade! I despair that the whole DTLLS/QTLS misunderstadnig still exists! Not that it is just that cert, It took me ages to persuade a colleague he couldn't apply immediately simply because he had a proper PGCE(FE). In the end we had to let him apply and be turned down before he would believe any of us!