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Notification of Fee Rise

Dear Registrant

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) annual registration fee will rise from £50 to £65 as of 1 April 2017.

This is a rise of £1.25 per month and was unanimously approved by our Council members at their meeting on Wednesday 14 December 2016. The GTCS Council is made up of teachers, lay members and appointees of which a majority are teachers.

GTCS last approved a fee increase in 2013 and in line with the principles of good governance contained in OSCR guidance – the body that regulates charities such as GTCS – it has been running down its financial reserves rather than put up the fee in the intervening years. As a result we have incurred a planned but substantial deficit over the last three years and this is, clearly, no longer appropriate. In addition, external forces have put up anticipated rates of inflation thereby increasing cost projections for GTCS: legal fees have risen and our costs to upgrade Information Technology services and other organisational costs have impacted on our decision to raise the fee.

The fee of £65 compares favourably with a majority of regulatory bodies for different professions across the UK (comparisons are available on our website).

We recognise that not all teachers are aware of the services they get for their fee but it is important to note that we provide a range of important services to teachers that impact day in, day out, on you and the profession including:

  • registration against the Professional Standards ensuring the professional standing of teachers in the eyes of the public, stakeholders, Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament;
  • Fitness to Teach services to ensure teachers, children and young people are protected and that the public interest is served;
  • professional learning guidance and services for teachers including MyGTCS, Professional Update, MyProfessionalLearning, the Teacher Induction Scheme, the Student Placement System, and articles and advice in Teaching Scotland magazine and online at www.gtcs.org.uk and www.in2teaching.org.uk;
  • opportunities to gain Professional Recognition awards for outstanding professional learning activities;
  • access to free online research resources including e-books and journals through the EBSCO portal; and
  • five copies of Teaching Scotland magazine per annum.

We want to protect and develop these services over the coming years and cannot do so without this fee rise. In making the decision to increase the fee we have decided not to increase the fee for Initial Teacher Registration which will remain at £65 for student teachers joining the profession.

Having a professional body such as GTCS enhances the professionalism of teachers. We understand that this fee rise is unlikely to be popular but it is necessary and will allow us to continue supporting teacher professionalism, learning and regulation.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Muir, Chief Executive

Derek Thompson, GTCS Council Convener

Ian Jackson, GTCS Convener of Finance and General Purposes Committee