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?