The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Registration fee

All registered teachers are required to pay an annual registration fee to remain on the Register and be eligible to teach in a Scottish school, this is a legal requirement. The annual registration fee is £65 and is due in April each year.

If you are:

  • Currently employed by a Local Authority (supply work included) – the annual registration fee is deducted via your salary by your employer. This will show in your March or April pay slip. If you are working for more than one employer: The system identifies this and when we attempt to uploaded details from a second employer the system rejects, and that employer is then advised to refund you directly.
  • Currently retired but wishing to stay on the register - if you have recently retired/left your permanent employer, but wish to stay on the register, you will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.
  • Currently on Maternity Leave – although you may still be technically employed, the annual registration fee may not be deducted from your maternity pay. You will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.
  • Currently not in employment/ working outside Scotland/ on a career break/ long term illness – you will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.

Notification is sent to teachers in mid-late May, providing payment methods and a deadline date for the annual registration fee to be paid. It is therefore imperative to ensure that your contact details are correct by keeping them updated on MyGTCS. If you do receive the notification requesting that you pay your annual registration fee, it means we have not received payment from an employer. If you think this is incorrect, please contact the Registration Services Department as a matter of urgency.

If after the deadline date no payment is received, your details will be removed from the register. This means that you will not be eligible to teach in a Scottish school. If you still wish to undertake any teaching, you will be required to follow the re-register process. Please see Apply for Registration - Teachers who have let their registration lapse Return to the Register and teaching

Please remember it is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with us whilst teaching in a Scottish school.

The total cost of registering with GTC Scotland is currently £189.  This amount breaks down as follows:

Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)
£65
Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)
£65
To join PVG Scheme Membership
£59
* Existing Member of PVG Scheme
£18
Registration Administration Fee
£65
Registration Administration Fee
£65
TOTAL
£189
TOTAL
£148

* If you are already a member of the PVG Scheme for working with children, you will only be required to complete a short scheme check, costing £18. However, if any new information appears on the short scheme check, you will be required to have a full record check at an additional cost of £41.

Up-to-date details are a requirement for continuing registration.

There are different ways you can notify us of the change of Name, Address, Contact Telephone Number and Email Addresses.

  • Through MyGTCS via our website:  MyGTCS is a personalised and secure web portal which allows you to keep all of your details up-to-date and provides access to the Professional Update system where you can record your professional learning.

    If you are a return user simply click log-in and follow the screen prompts. If you are a first time user click sign up and follow the screen prompts to create an account.

  • By emailing registration@gtcs.org.uk

Q: The registration fee has been deducted more than once by different local authorities. When will I get my refund?

A: The system identifies this and when we attempt to uploaded details from a second employer the system rejects, and that employer is then advised to refund you directly.

Q: I'm over 65/ retired, do I still need to pay my registration fee?

A: Yes, it is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered, regardless of how many days worked in any registration year. The fee must be paid in full.

Q: Can I suspend my registration for a period of time?

A: You can choose to lapse off of the register (have your details removed from the register). When you wish to return to teaching, you can re-register with us.

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 whilst you were lapsed off of the register. It is best to obtain this document while still in the country.

Q: What is the cost to register after a lapse period of time?

A: The cost to re-register includes a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check, which is either £59 or £18 plus the Initial Registration Fee which is currently £65.

Contact HMRC to claim for a tax deduction on any registration fees paid to GTC Scotland.

Please contact HMRC with any questions about the tax relief process, GTC Scotland will be unable to help with these claims. The details below are based on claims for up to £2,500.

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

You must claim using a Self Assessment tax return if you already fill one in.

If you don’t already fill in a Self Assessment tax return, fill in form P87. If you’ve made a successful claim in a previous tax year, you may be able to make your claim by phone.

For full details of tax relief for employees, visit the HMRC website.

GTCS Registration Fee for historical claims

Date Initial registration or re-registration fee Annual registration fee thereafter
1 April 2017 - 

 £65

 £65

1 April 2014 - 31 March 2017
£65
£50

If you are retiring and not undertaking any work (including supply), taking a career break, or no longer require registration, and you wish to cancel your registration, you can do so by emailing registration@gtcs.org.uk.

Following your instruction, your record will be updated with your request to be removed and a letter of confirmation will be sent out. Your details will remain on the register until the end of the current registration year i.e. 31 March.

As it is a legal requirement for teachers to be on the register regardless of how many days they work in any registration year. It is not possible to refund all or part of a registration fee.

If you are retired but still undertaking some supply teaching, you must maintain your registration by paying your annual registration fee. It is a legal requirement for teachers to be on the Register regardless of how many days they work in any registration year. The fee must be paid in full, see more details on the registration fee here: Registration fee

You can check your registration status by logging into, or signing up for, a MyGTCS account.

Scottish Public Pension Agency (SPPA)

You may wish to discuss your pension entitlement with the SPPA:  Scottish Public Pension Agency

Contacts

For further information, please contact our Registration Services Department on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000
E: registration@gtcs.org.uk