Registration fee

The annual registration fee is £65 for all registrants.

This includes teachers who work part-time hours, supply teachers and retired teachers who wish to maintain their registration.

The registration fee is for the period 1 April – 30 March.  The fee remains the same irrespective of the point during this period at which you join the Register i.e. 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.

The annual registration fee is teachers’ individual contribution to their collective responsibility as a self-regulating profession.

Who is responsible for paying the registration fee?

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.

How do I pay my registration fee?

The way your annual registration fee is paid depends on your employment context.

Employed by Local Authority/ies (including supply)

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, 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.

Parental Leave

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.

Other contexts

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 in June to pay the fee directly to GTC Scotland.

My local authority employer hasn’t paid my registration fee – how do I resolve this?

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.

What happens if I don’t pay?

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.

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

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.

Can I suspend my registration for a period of time?

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. 

Associate Status

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.

Read more about Associate Status.

Claiming a tax deduction on your registration fee

Contact HMRC to claim a tax deduction on any registration fees paid to GTC Scotland and any questions about the tax relief process.

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, otherwise, 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.

Registration fee for historical claims

DatesRegistration administration feeAnnual registration fee thereafter
1 April 2017 – Present£65£65
How do I cancel my registration?

Information on how to cancel your registration.  

Please be advised you will be required to provide your name, date of birth and registration number to process this.  

It is a legal requirement for all teachers working in Scottish schools to be registered with GTC Scotland. 

I have been contacted to request I pay my annual registration fee, what do I need to do?

If you receive a notification requesting you to pay your annual registration fee, it means we have not received payment from an employer. Please follow the instructions in this email to make payment. If you think this is incorrect, please contact us.

Why do I have to pay an annual registration fee?

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.

How is my registration fee used by GTC Scotland?

GTC Scotland uses the income from the annual registration fee in the delivery of our core tasks. Read about our core tasks.

For a breakdown of how GTC Scotland uses the income from the annual registration fee, please see our Annual Report and Accounts.

I qualified outside Scotland, how much does it cost to register?

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

Not a member of the PVG SchemeExisting member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme
Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)£65Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)£65
To join PVG Scheme Membership£59Existing 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.)
Registration Administration Fee£65Registration Administration Fee£65

Find out more about the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

I’m a student teacher, when will I pay the initial registration fee?

The initial registration fee of £65 is due before you enter the classroom in August.

Once we have received confirmation that you have passed your course and we have received your PVG Certificate or PVG update Certificate from Disclosure Scotland, your initial registration fee will be deducted in July using the bank details provided on your online application form. We will notify you two weeks before this payment is taken.

If you have not set up a direct debit, we will contact you requesting payment of the initial registration fee.

Once payment has been confirmed you will receive confirmation of your registration status with GTC Scotland which you can share with your employer. Please ensure that your email address is up to date on your profile.

Do you still have questions about the fee?
If you didn’t find the answer to your question here, and would like to discuss your Registration Fee with us, please complete our contact us form selecting ‘Registration’ as your reason for contact.
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