Manage your registration
The annual registration fee is £65 for all registrants.
This includes teachers and college lecturers who: work part-time hours; work on supply; are on parental leave; are retirees who wish to maintain their registration; or are working outside Scotland and wish to maintain their registration.
The registration fee is for the period 1 April – 31 March. The fee remains the same irrespective of the point during this period at which you join or leave the Register. It will not be reduced pro rata.
Payment of the annual registration fee is taken between March and June each year, depending on your employment context. See ‘How do I pay my registration fee?’ below for more information.
As part of your registration with GTC Scotland, you need to ensure your contact details are correct.
If you do not keep your details up to date it may lead to a delayed or missed payment, which could result in your removal from the Register. Find out how to update your details.
While efficiency savings and planned use of reserves are sufficient to fund our work for the beginning of our 2023-2028 strategic planning period, the level of the registration fee will be kept under review and may need to increase to ensure GTC Scotland’s financial sustainability.
It is the responsibility of anyone wishing to maintain eligibility to teach in a Scottish school or college to ensure their annual registration fee is paid. For the majority of registrants, payment will be deducted automatically from your salary by your employer.
GTC Scotland will attempt to contact you if we do not receive payment, so please ensure that your contact details are up-to-date on MyGTCS.
The way your annual registration fee is paid depends on your employment context.
Employed by Local Authority/ies (including supply) or College(s)
Your employer deducts the registration fee from your salary (Deduction at Source). This will show in your March or April payslip.
If you are employed by more than one local authority or college, you will pay your registration fee once. If a second employer attempts to make payment on your behalf, our system will reject the payment, and the employer is advised to refund you directly.
If the payment has not been deducted from your salary, we will contact you by June to organise payment. Please note: we cannot accept payments over the phone.
When you are on parental leave, the annual registration fee may not be deducted from your salary. If this is the case, we will notify you by June to pay the fee directly to GTC Scotland.
If you are:
- on Associate Status
- working outside teaching, for instance for a charity or national body
- on a career break
- not in employment
- working outside Scotland
- on long-term sick leave
We will notify you by June to pay the fee directly to GTC Scotland.
If you work for more than one employer, you may find that your registration fee has been deducted from your salary by multiple employers. Our system will notify us that you have overpaid, and we will contact your employer(s) to advise them to refund the additional payment. We will not refund you directly.
Thank you for your patience while we work through this process.
If we do not receive your annual registration fee from an employer, we will contact you directly to organise payment. Please ensure that your contact details are up to date on your MyGTCS profile.
To help us to contact you, it is essential that your contact and employment details are correct on MyGTCS. Update your contact details or inform us of a change to your name.
If we do not receive payment of your registration fee by the deadline, your details will be removed from the Register of Teachers.
This means you will be ineligible to teach in a Scottish school.
It is a legal requirement for all teachers working in Scottish schools to be registered with GTC Scotland. In 2018, there was a national agreement to register lecturers working in Scotland’s colleges through GTC Scotland.
If you still wish to teach, you will be required to apply to return to the Register.
If you intend to engage in any supply teaching work, it is a legal requirement to be registered, regardless of how many days worked in any registration year. The fee must be paid in full (£65).
If you do not intend to work supply, but would like to maintain your registration with GTC Scotland, you can do so by moving to Associate Status.
You cannot suspend or pause your registration, however you can either lapse from the register or move to Fully Registered Associate Status.
Lapse from the Register
You can choose to lapse from the Register of Teachers (have your details removed from the Register). When you wish to return to teaching, you can re-register with us.
The cost to re-register includes a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check, which is either £59 or £18, depending on your status with the scheme, plus the Registration Administration Fee which is currently £65.
If you are working or travelling abroad when you come to re-register, we will require an overseas police clearance from any countries you have lived/ worked in while you were lapsed. It is best to obtain this document while still in the country.
Alternatively, you can move from Fully Registered General Status (the default status for fully registered teachers) to Fully Registered Associate Status. Registrants with Associate Status are not required to participate in Professional Update and cannot teach unless they move back to General Status. The annual registration fee for those with Associate Status remains £65.
Contact HMRC to claim a tax deduction on any registration fees paid to GTC Scotland and any questions about the tax relief process.
We will issue a payment confirmation for your annual registration fee payment once we have collected the fee from all registrants.
How much you can claim depends on the rate you pay tax. For example, if you spend £65 on your annual registration fee and pay tax at a rate of 20%, the tax relief you can claim is £13.
You must keep records of what you have spent, and claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money.
How you’ll get tax relief
HMRC will usually make any adjustments needed through your tax code for the current tax year.
How to claim
If you’ve made a successful claim in a previous tax year, you may be able to make your claim by phone.
Registration fee for historical claims
|Dates||Annual Registration Fee|
|1 April 2017 – Present||£65|
GTC Scotland’s governing legislation (The Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011), gives GTC Scotland the legal authority to charge a registration fee. GTC Scotland requires all individuals registered on the Register of Teachers to pay a registration fee to maintain their registration. This Fee Policy sets out the principles and rules that GTC Scotland applies in setting, charging and collecting fees under the Order.
The current registration fee is £65 and has been so since 2017. The fee is used by GTC Scotland to deliver our core tasks and functions.
The annual registration fee is teachers’ individual contribution to their collective responsibility as a self-regulating profession.
The total cost of registering with GTC Scotland is currently £189. This breaks down as:
|Not a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme||Existing member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme|
|Application Assessment Fee||£65 (non-refundable)||Application Assessment Fee||£65 (non-refundable)|
|To join PVG Scheme||£59||Existing PVG Scheme member application|
(If there is new information on your PVG scheme record, you will be required to complete a further full scheme record check for an additional £41 payable by you to Disclosure Scotland.)
|Annual Registration Fee||£65||Annual Registration Fee||£65|
The initial registration fee of £65 is due before you enter the classroom in August.
Once your higher education institution confirms to us that you have passed your course, and Disclosure Scotland has sent us your PVG Certificate, we will contact you with instructions on how to pay. Please ensure that your email address is up to date on your profile.
Once you have made your payment, we will send you confirmation of your registration status with us which you can share with your employer. This confirmation includes your GTC Scotland Registration Number.
We will issue a receipt for your annual registration fee payment once we have collected the fee from all registrants.