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Dear James - reluctant to register with GTC for remainder of year

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by ndrink16, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Hi James
    I started my GTP training course in February 2011 and qualified at Christmas. Therefore I have been a NQT since January 2012. A few weeks ago I received a request from the GTC for my fee for the year 2011-12 (their fee year runs from April to March, oddly). However I was quite clearly told last year that my membership of the GTC would be free while I trained. I e-mailed them, explaining that if I now pay a backdated fee for the entire year, I am essentially paying for the membership I enjoyed while a student, which should have been free. Their reply was blunt and to the point: there is no pro-rata fee option, it is a legal requirement to register (and pay) even if you only teach for part of a fee-year. I'm still not happy - I think it is ridiculous to make me pay the full whack for the remaining few weeks of the current fee year. What, if anything, will happen if I just ignore them until April and then pay my fee for the next year?
     
  2. Hi James
    I started my GTP training course in February 2011 and qualified at Christmas. Therefore I have been a NQT since January 2012. A few weeks ago I received a request from the GTC for my fee for the year 2011-12 (their fee year runs from April to March, oddly). However I was quite clearly told last year that my membership of the GTC would be free while I trained. I e-mailed them, explaining that if I now pay a backdated fee for the entire year, I am essentially paying for the membership I enjoyed while a student, which should have been free. Their reply was blunt and to the point: there is no pro-rata fee option, it is a legal requirement to register (and pay) even if you only teach for part of a fee-year. I'm still not happy - I think it is ridiculous to make me pay the full whack for the remaining few weeks of the current fee year. What, if anything, will happen if I just ignore them until April and then pay my fee for the next year?
     
  3. Just ignore them. Get it if your agency insist on it. Get it if your school you get a job at insists on it. You'll find that it's something which is dealt with after all the other BS.
     
  4. The legal situation at the moment is that you must be registered with the GTCE to undertake a teaching post in England in a state school or academy. In many instances the fee is paid by the LA or sometimes (not always) by the academy.
    The GTC will be abolished in April this year, but the law states that one duty th headteacher has when taking on a NQT is to ensure that they are registered as having QTS with the GTCE.
    I would talk to your school about this.
    James
     
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    As it stands yopu have to be registered to be legally covered for insurance purposes while teaching. If you pay your fee directly it can anyway be claimed on your income tax as a professional subscription.
     

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