Upcoming: Consultation on a proposed increase to teachers’ fees and levies
You’ll recall that in June 2021 the High Court quashed the Teaching Council’s move to annual certification and its fee increase. Since then, The Education and Training (Teaching Council fees, levies, and costs) Amendment Bill progressed through Parliament, and following royal assent, became law. The new law enables the Council to recover the actual and reasonable costs of performing all its functions through the charging of fees and levies.
At this stage we’re planning to open our consultation around mid-February for six weeks (closing in early April), so you have time to review, consider and respond to our questions relating to the proposed increase to fees and levies. However, if you need an extension, we will describe how to request that in the consultation document we send out.
There’s never a good time to ask you to consider a proposal to increase the fees and levies you pay to us as your professional body, and we’re sorry to have to do this again at a time of year that is less than ideal. The last two years have been a continual challenge for everyone, and you have all worked so hard to provide a safe and positive space for your learners to thrive in, and given the current traffic light alert level being Red, this year is shaping up to be no different.
Government funding will no longer be available to support the Teaching Council going forward, which we tested again recently with the Minister, leaving our options limited. As a result, we will need to consult on the proposed increase sooner rather than later.
We hope that our consultation process will give you a better sense of what we do, and why a professional body is so important for a teaching profession. We can’t stress enough how valuable and important it is that your views are shared with us so our Governing Board can make the right decisions.
Closer to the time you will receive an email from us with all the documents and guidance you need to take part.
To read more on the fees and levies pre-consultation, please click here!
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