Subscription options

Subscription options

Rates and payment options

Subscription rates and payment options for the Society for Education and Training (SET) are listed below. SET’s membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Renew your membership by Direct Debit to get a 10 per cent discount

If you pay by direct debit, you will only pay £63 (£79.50 for Fellows), can spread your payments over 12 months, and avoid the hassle of having to remember to renew in the future. We will send you an email reminder each year about your ongoing payments.

From just £1.21 a week it works out at less than half the price of a cup of coffee! 

If you have already set up a Direct Debit with SET, your subscription fees for 2018-19 onwards will be collected automatically. There is no need to set up a new one each year - we will continue taking subscription payments unless you tell us that you wish to resign from membership.  

Direct Debit payments will be collected starting on or around 1 April 2018 and instalments will continue on or around the first of each month to 1 March 2019. Unless you tell us otherwise, you are committing again to the same declarations as the year before.

We will remind you that your subscription is due for renewal and keep you informed if your subscription payment changes. Please do contact us if there is a change to your bank details. If your circumstances have changed and you are eligible to pay a concession rate then please let us know as soon as possible.

Subscription rates 2018/19*

Membership grade Membership subscription rate 2018/19
Affiliate £69.90*
Associate £69.90*
Member £69.90*
Fellow £88.50*
Companion  £69.90*

*All prices are inclusive of VAT. 

Tax relief on your membership fee 

SET is recognised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as a professional body, with membership subscriptions deemed directly relevant to employment. This means that SET members are eligible for tax relief. SET appears on the list of approved professional organisations and learned societies as 'Education and Training Society'.

Find information about how to claim tax relief by visiting the website. You can also backdate your claim to the 2016-17 financial year. If you have more information about your claim, please contact HMRC directly

Concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are available to members who have retired from the profession, are on a low income, are unemployed at the time of renewing their membership or are undertaking a full-time or part-time pre-service teaching qualification.

Concessionary band Concessionary membership subscription fees 2018/19

Retired from the teaching or training profession

Unemployed or on maternity leave at the point of joining or renewing membership

If earnings are below the income tax threshold, £11,850 pa for 2018/19

Earnings above the income tax threshold, but less than £16,500 £40.00*
Fellows earning below the income tax threshold, £11,850 pa for 2018/19 (or Retired/Unemployed) £66.70* 
Fellows earning above the income tax threshold, but less than £16,500 £76.70* 

*All prices are inclusive of VAT

To find out whether you are eligible for these rates please email

Payment options and administration fees

We work hard to keep the membership fee as low as possible. However, with some core costs continuing to increase, such as postage and payment processing, we need to charge a small administrative fee, on some transactions.

SET does not benefit from this but it does enable us to continue to provide the widest range of relevant benefits to members.

Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

Payment method

Administration fee

Direct debit


Debit card


Credit card




Employer billing



Where an employer is able to support the cost of membership, SET anticipates that this will be through the full or part-reimbursement of professional expenses or a professional subscription loan scheme.

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