It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) as we embark on the new joint strategy, Together We Transform, with the Education and Training Foundation. The strategy sets out our plans to support everyone working in the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector by championing the vital role of educators and leaders in transforming the lives of learners aged 14 and over.
Under the new strategy the current membership offer will be extended over the course of the new membership year (which starts on 1 April), providing additional value where needed most. For example, we are currently planning a review of our areas of special interest, and we will be launching a local branch network trial in two regions (with national roll-out to follow), plus a significantly enhanced CPD programme in the coming months.
As we approach 1 April 2024 and a brand-new SET year, we are planning new budgets to improve our members’ experience. To support our plans going forward, the ETF Executive team and SET Management Board (SMB) have reviewed the membership and professional formation fees for 2024/25. The applied increase is in line with the average rate of inflation over the last 12 months (linked to the Consumer Price Index); a policy previously agreed by the SMB. New membership fees from 1 April 2024 are therefore:
Direct Debit: monthly £6.42 / annual £77.00
Card or Employer invoice: annual £89.00
Direct Debit: monthly £8.00 / annual £96.00
Card or Employer invoice: annual £110.00
Direct Debit: monthly £2.84 / annual £34.00
Card or Employer invoice: annual £37.00
*the reduced rate is available to members who are on an annual income of less than £16,500 and members who are retired. Members who are not working due to parental leave, long-term ill health or unemployment may be eligible to claim the concessionary rate. Please read the full Concessionary/reduced rate membership fees policy and contact us to discuss.
Members who pay their membership fees by card are encouraged to switch to Direct Debit before the new membership year gets underway as paying by Direct Debit represents a significant saving. In addition, members paying by Direct Debit can further spread the cost by paying monthly and can also claim tax relief on professional membership fees.
Professional formation fees have also been uplifted; the fees for the 2024/25 membership year will be:
Payment plans are available for members who embark on our professional formation programmes. Please see the help section on the SET website for more information.
If you are experiencing difficulty with the cost of your membership fees, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Helpline on 0800 093 9111 to confidentially discuss. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm.