Teachers' Pensions

Some questions keep being raised. So we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked ones - along with their answers.

Popular Questions

Q What is a Staging Date?

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A Staging Date is the start date of the employer's Auto Enrolment duties.


Where there are a number of employers in a group, the Staging Date will be that of the largest PAYE reference. For the purposes of the Teachers' Pension Scheme the employer for maintained schools including voluntary aided and foundation schools is the Local Authority. This is different to the Auto Enrolment legislation where voluntary aided and foundation schools may be deemed to be the employer and potentially have a different staging date to the Local Authority. Local Authorities may wish to discuss with those individual schools requesting a common Staging Date and administering Auto Enrolment on their behalf.


For people employed as a teacher or lecturer they should be contractually enrolled into the Teachers' Pension Scheme (providing the employer is one covered by the Scheme).


All employers are required to register with the Pensions Regulator shortly after their Staging Date - this can be done online.


The Pension Scheme Registry number for the Teachers' Pensions Scheme is 10005209.

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Q How is pensions increase applied to average salary?

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Details of how pensions increase factors are applied to the ten year average salary calculation can be found under Calculating Retirement Benefits in the Employer Guide.

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Q Has the method of calculating the full-time equivalent (FTE) changed?

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No, the method of calculating the FTE has not changed.

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Q How is the average salary calculated?

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The average salary is calculated using the best three consecutive re-valued earnings in the last ten years before retirement.

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Q Are supply teachers automatically in the scheme?

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Yes, all teachers taking up employment since 1 January 2007 are automatically members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme. This is regardless of whether they work full or part-time and this includes those who work on a supply basis. Supply teachers who are working for an Agency aren't permitted to join the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

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