MDF says: In reply to the original poster, post-September 2007 we operate in a very different landscape in terms of the transferabilty of professional status across sectors. I am not sure that the 2007 regulations allow seamless transition from school to FE as has been suggested. I cannot link it because the site is down but the statutory instrument that introduces QTLS and lays down the qualifications elegible for conferment of QTLS specifically states that QTS will be recognised automatically for teachers who transfer from the school to the FE sector. I'll provide the link as soon as the site is up and/ or I am home from school this afternoon. QTLS relates to a different model of professionalism, appropriate to those working in teaching and learning outside of the <16 national curriculum. Most of us working in school sixth forms are in fact working outside the NC. Thats part of the issue. People like morty and myself are teachers of none NC subjects ansd many also teach vocational subjects also. Again you need to check your facts. Also , QTS is a conferred status just as QTLS is conferred so dont muddy the waters.