Information on Teaching in Schools (for PGCE 14+Edu&Training Grads with QTLS)

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Are you a PGCE teacher trainee on an ITT programme catering for post 14 education and training, gearing you up for QTLS? Are you currently mostly experienced in the FE sector but wondering about moving into a compulsory school setting? Are you wondering how you can use your QTLS while most teachers in state maintained schools have QTS? If so, this blog post is for you. It contains a series of animated “Tellagami” videos (made with the Tellagami app), providing information on key areas you need to know more about.

Firstly, once you have it, can you use your QTLS in the state maintained compulsory school sector in England?

Basically, yes, you can.

Secondly, what are some key differences between FE and schools that might impact you most as a teacher?

Third, what are the different types of schools in England where your QTLS will allow you to teach?

Easy answer then – all of them! (But you would need SEND training on top if you were working in a special school with students with SEN)

Fourth: what’s going on with curriculum changes and what opportunities does that open up for FE teachers with QTLS in schools?

Fifth: what does an FE teacher with QTLS need to know about pastoral roles?

Sixth: are there any recent changes in the law or other developments it would be good for an FE teacher with QTLS to be aware of while thinking of moving into a school environment?

Finally, some concluding thoughts as to why FE teachers with QTLS might consider a move to a school setting interesting and worthwhile:

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Thank you for reading and watching (and listening to my Sheffield accent ;-)). If you would like more information then please consult the background sources below that I used to produce this resource. If you feel I’ve missed anything out or you have something to add, please do leave a comment below!


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DfE (2013). “Reforming the accountability system for secondary schools – Government response to the February to May 2013 consultation on secondary school accountability.” Published online by the UK Government Department for Education. Available for download and last accessed on 19/5/2016 from:

DfE (2014). “Participation of young people in education, employment or training Statutory guidance for local authorities.” Published September 2014 by the Department for Education, Crown Copyright 2014, available online and last accessed on 20/5/2016 from:

DfE (2015). “Technical awards for 14 to 16 year olds 2017 and 2018 performance tables: technical guidance for awarding organisations.” Crown Copyright 2014 – Updated March 2015. Published by the Department for Education. Available online and last accessed on 21/5/2016 at 10am from:

Shaw, M. (2013). “The New Ebac Certificates – what does it mean?” Published in TES magazine on 14 September, 2012, and last updated 7 February, 2013. Accessed on 18/5/2016 at 10am, from:

Simkins, T. (2015). “Education reform and managerialism: comparing the experience of schools and colleges.” Journal of Educational Policy 2000, VOL. 15, NO. 3, 317-332. ISSN 0268-0939 print/ISSN 1464-5106 online. Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis Ltd.  Available to download and last accessed online on 20/5/2016 at 10am from:

Wolf, A. (2011). “Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report.” March 2011. Published by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Available to download and last accessed online on 21/5/2016 from:



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