Teachers' Pensions
Employer FAQs

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

Popular Questions

Q Do all schools share the Local Authority's staging date?

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It's likely that most of the schools will still have the same Staging Date as the Local Authority, but not all do. The reason for this is that Staging Dates are based on the number of people in their PAYE scheme as at 1 April 2012. The number of people in a PAYE scheme is wholly based on the information held by us, received from HMRC, at 1 April 2012. Where schools share the Local Authority's PAYE scheme, their Staging Date will be the same as the Local Authority's.


The exceptions to this are: i) where the school was not using the Local Authority's PAYE as at 1 April 2012, but had their own PAYE scheme, then it will have its own Staging Date - or ii) where the school has converted to an Academy and the Academy will be a new employer with a new Staging Date.


More about Staging Dates can be found here.

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Q What is an Auto Enrolment exception?

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It's optional whether to Auto Enrol or Auto Re-enrol an eligible jobholder who opted out within the 12 months prior to the Enrolment / Re-Enrolment date.


It's optional whether to Auto Enrol or Auto Re-enrol an employee who has given notice or been given notice of the end of their employment.


You don't have to Auto Enrol or Auto Re-enrol an employee if you have reasonable grounds to believe the employee is protected from tax charges on their pension savings under HMRC protections.


Further information and other exceptions can be found here.

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Q What is Auto Enrolment?

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Changes to pension law now affects all employers in the UK as employees must automatically enrol into a workplace pension scheme.


The Teachers' Pension Scheme is the scheme for teachers and lecturers who ordinarily work in the UK. Employees may choose to 'opt out' of the Scheme, but only after they have been enrolled by you.


The Staging Date for the largest employers started in 2012, with other employers coming on board at Staging Dates to 2018. A further requirement of Auto Enrolment is that employers re-enrol those who have opted out every three years.


Information provided by us is to assist the employer with their duties in respect of teachers and the Auto Enrolment of existing teachers who are eligible jobholders and are not currently in the Scheme.


Our information makes reference to the employer's staging date. However, the employer can bring the staging date forward bycontacting the Pensions Regulator at least one month before the earlier staging date at customersupport@autoenrol.tpr.gov.uk


The employer's enrolment duties can be postponed by up to 3 months and/or you can apply transitional delay to 30 September 2017, thereby postponing Auto Enrolment until 1 October 2017.


Detailed guidance to the employers' duties can be found on the Pensions Regulator's website, including information about postponement and transitional delay.

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Q What is Automatic Re-enrolment?

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Every three years you'll need to put members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme back into the Scheme if they opted out and are an eligible job holder (and if you're not applying an Auto Enrolment exception to them). This is known as Automatic Re-enrolment. The Pensions Regulator will write to you in advance of your Automatic Re-enrolment date to remind you.


More about Automatic Re-enrolment can be found here.

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Q Does a change of PAYE scheme change my staging date?

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No, if your (school or Local Authority) change your PAYE scheme this will not change your Staging Date. For example, if the Council outsources their payroll and they set up a new PAYE scheme their Staging Date will remain the same.


The only situation where you would get a new Staging Date is if your status changes and you become a new legal employing entity. The most likely reason for this is because you convert to an Academy.


For more general FAQs on Auto Enrolment see: http://help.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/faq/

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