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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.

Get 14 months' membership for the price of 12 months*

To celebrate the New Year, SET is offering members joining after 1 January 2018 up to 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 months. 

1 January to 31 January 15 months for the price of 12
1 February to 28 February 14 months for the price of 12
1 March to 31 March  13 months for the price of 12
1 April Rates as shown in table below. 

*This offer runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 January. If you are a student taking up our free student membership offer from now until March 2018, you will not be eligible for the 15 months' membership offer and will need to renew at the end of March 2018. When you renew you can reapply for the free student offer if you are still on an ITE course for the forthcoming year.

Subscription rates 2018/19

Member 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

Free student membership offer 

SET is offering free membership to students starting their ITE courses from September 2017. SET can help you make the perfect start in your teaching career and set you on a pathway of ongoing professional development and progression. You will be able to continue your learning journey, prepare for undertaking QTLS and enjoy a wide range of invaluable member benefits.   

Join now by calling 0800 093 9111 so you can enjoy free membership for the rest of this SET year. Your free membership will be valid until June 2018, at which point your membership will be renewed at the full member price of £63 via direct debit. You will be reminded 10 days before payment is taken and have the right to cancel as per our Terms and Conditions.

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 Gov.uk website. You can also backdate your claim to the 2015-16 financial year. If you have more information about your claim, please contact HMRC directly

Find out how to pay for SET membership by Direct Debit.

In order to make membership fees more manageable for you, and in response to member feedback, we have introduced monthly direct debits to spread out the cost of membership. There is also an annual direct debit option for those who want to pay in one transaction. 

If you have set up a Direct Debit with SET, your subscription fees for 2018-2019 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 2017 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.

See further details on payment plans by direct debit

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
Full-time or part-time initial teacher training  £20.55*

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, £11,500 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 membership.enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk

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.