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 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 What is meant by "test" and "live" when joining MDC?

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For the first three months you'll be required to submit MDC data into a test system (no 'live' member records will be updated). This allows you to identify any errors that could be fixed and allows us to ensure the data provided is of an acceptable standard.


Following your third submission, providing you have met the success criteria, you'll then be moved into the live environment. Data submitted from this point will appear on member records.

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Q What do I need to know about recording part-time salaries?

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The part- time salary must show the actual amount paid in the month and, therefore, must not include any payments that are classed as non pensionable such as bonuses, honoraria, payment for loss of contractual holiday pay or payment in respect of duties outside a teaching role. If additional payments are pensionable, this must be part-time figure for each month it's paid.


If no salary has been paid or is due to be paid for the month, the service must show all days excluded.


All part time salaries must be accompanied by a full time equivalent annual salary rate. It's important to note that the part-time salary rate mustn't exceed that of the full time equivalent.


Any pensionable overtime must be recorded separately and not included in the part time record. The employer is responsible for determining what service is classed as overtime and if the pay is pensionable.


Any mid-month changes to hours require a replacement line for that period.

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