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Our news pages are updated regularly with all the information you need to know about the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Survivor Benefits - Opposite-sex civil partnerships

Recent changes have been made to the Teachers’ Pensions Regulations (TPR) in relation to survivor benefits.

20/12/2019 |

Professional Skills Test to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

We’ve been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to let you know that from 1 April 2020, the Professional Skills Test will be replaced by provider-led assurance of Fundamental English and Mathematics.

16/12/2019 |

Training in 2020

We’ll be sending you information on our upcoming training schedule for 2020 in the New Year.

16/12/2019 |

2019 successes and what's coming up in 2020

We’ve had another busy year at Teachers’ Pensions

16/12/2019 |

End of Year Certificate (EOYC)

The deadlines for the EOYC submission for both LA and non-LA employers has now passed.

16/12/2019 |

Contributions monthly breakdown forms

It’s important that monthly breakdown forms are provided each month for all payments made in respect of contributions.

16/12/2019 |

Employer helpline and Employer Relationship Manager contact details

We’d like to remind you when calling the Employer Helpline regarding MDC queries, that option five should be selected.

16/12/2019 |

Arrears of contributions

Recently, we’ve seen instances where invoices for arrears of contributions have been issued, and subsequently service lines have been updated to ’02’ status (non-pensionable service) without any explanation.

16/12/2019 |

Reporting of overtime

In order to ensure that your MDC submissions are accurate, please ensure that overtime is not included in the full-time annual salary for a member, but is provided separately in the overtime column of the MDC file.

16/12/2019 |

Changing your contact details via the Employer Portal

The New Year will see the availability of the Employer Contact Webform on the Employer Portal.

16/12/2019 |

Branding update

We previously asked you to take part in our branding survey to help us decide which creative route we should choose as part of a brand refresh in 2020.

16/12/2019 |

Monthly Contributions Reconciliation (MCR) hot topics – stop errors

One of the main changes to be introduced with MCR will be ‘stop errors’, which will result in your file submission being rejected, so it’s important to ensure that you’re minimising the risk of these occurring.

16/12/2019 |

Auto Enrolment Re Enrolment window

The Pensions Act 2008 places a requirement on every employer in the UK to enrol eligible jobholders into a workplace pension scheme. This is called 'Automatic Enrolment' and is a legal requirement. Every three years you need to ‘re-enrol’ all ‘eligible jobholders’ who are not active members of a workplace pension scheme (although some exceptions do apply).

16/12/2019 |

Seasonal opening hours during the festive period

Our Contact Centre and Employer Support Helpline will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will close at 3.30pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Normal opening hours, 8.30am–6.00pm, will resume from 2 January 2020.

16/12/2019 |

Help your Newly Qualified Teachers get to know their pension

We created Pension PlanIt to help new teachers learn more about their pension and the benefits of saving for life after work.

25/11/2019 |

Regulation changes

We wanted to make you aware of changes to certain Scheme regulations for members which came into force this September.

25/11/2019 |

Help us reach one million My Pension Online (MPO) registrations

Nearly one million members of the Scheme are using My Pension Online (MPO) to keep track of their pension.

25/11/2019 |

Updates to the member Benefit Statement

Following feedback from various stakeholders, including members and unions, we’ve updated the member Benefit Statement.

25/11/2019 |

Teachers' Pensions Action Forum (TPAF)

On 13 November we held our second bi-annual Teachers’ Pensions Action Forum (TPAF) event in London.

25/11/2019 |

Focus groups

We always like to get feedback from employers and members and to maximise this we’ve held focus groups in three locations this year. We’ve held focus groups in Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham for both members and employers.

25/11/2019 |

Arrears of contributions

For the purpose of accounting we’ve got two separate bank accounts for receipts, one for the monthly contributions only, and a second for all other receipts from employers and members.

25/11/2019 |

Payment of monthly contributions

It’s important to make sure the monthly contributions for each employer record are allocated correctly to assist with the End of Year Certificate process.

25/11/2019 |

Monthly Contributions Reconciliation (MCR) guides update

Since releasing the MCR guides we’ve had feedback from various stakeholders and as such we’ve updated the guidance documents to make them easier to understand.

25/11/2019 |

Update to member search

After reviewing our processes for newly qualified teachers, we've agreed to reintroduce using Surname and Date of Birth as search criteria for members with no existing service.

19/11/2019 |

Optima Health replaces OH Assist

We've been informed by the Department for Education (DfE) that Optima Health have taken over the responsibility to provide medical advisory services to support our Ill-health Retirement applications from OH Assist.

28/10/2019 |

Changes to member search

Working with the Department for Education, we’re continually reviewing and strengthening our data privacy controls. As a result the Member Search combination of Date of Birth and Surname is no longer available.

28/10/2019 |

Ratio queries

We’re currently seeing a rise in Refund and Maternity ratio queries and to try and help you with these queries, we’ve included a couple of examples below of what you need to do in these instances.

28/10/2019 |

Contributions Monthly Breakdown Template

To ensure the monthly breakdown programme works effectively, the contributions form you submit to us contains macros.

28/10/2019 |

Member queries and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

We’d like to remind you that due to GDPR, when sending a query to us regarding a member, you should only provide one piece of personal data about that member.

28/10/2019 |

Monthly Contributions Reconciliation (MCR) pilot group

We’ve received a fantastic response from those of you who want to join the MCR pilot group and due to this, the option to register to participate in the pilot group will be closing at the end of November 2019.

28/10/2019 |

Monthly Contributions Reconciliation (MCR) contributions calculations

We’ve received a few questions regarding contribution calculation methods, which have been regarding ‘When Paid’ and ‘When Earned’ calculations.

28/10/2019 |

Elections confirmation

Can we ask you to continuously check the Employer Portal to make sure that any elections are confirmed by you without delay.

28/10/2019 |

Employer Portal - User Management Notice

From 31 October we’ll be introducing new ways to help ensure that Employer Portal accounts are kept relevant and up to date.

28/10/2019 |

Recent rise in 38a errors

We’ve recently mentioned that we’ve seen a rise in the number of 38a errors we’re receiving when you submit your MDC data.

28/10/2019 |

Future Data Cleanse Activity

We’ve previously told you that we’d be completing a future data cleanse activity and that we’d provide a further update once there’d been any advancements with the project. We can confirm that the development work is progressing well for this exercise, which will be used to rectify any service and/or salary gaps dating back to April 2014.

28/10/2019 |

Branding survey

We’re reviewing our current communications and branding to help improve the way we engage with members, employers and stakeholders and we’d like to hear from as many of you as possible. It would be really helpful if you could complete our short questionnaire, which will ask you to look at new ideas alongside what we do now.

28/10/2019 |

Optima Health replaces OH Assist

We've been informed by the Department for Education (DfE) that Optima Health will be taking over the responsibility to provide medical advisory services to support our ill health retirement applications from OH Assist.

30/09/2019 |

Guidance for reporting incidents (cyber attacks)

We'd like to remind you of the actions you need to take if you're made aware of a cyber attack that's happened to you.

27/09/2019 |

Retiring members

We’ve recently updated the wording for the Retiring Members file and the email that informs you of it.

10/09/2019 |

Monthly Data Collection (MDC) updates

We’ve had the MDC checklists in place for almost a year and although we’ve seen a great improvement in the amount of data submitted and corrections completed, there are still checklists which are not being addressed.

10/09/2019 |

Revision cases

There’s been a significant increase in the volumes of revisions in members service and/or salary. We’re prioritising the case processing and apologise in advance for any delays your employees are experiencing.

10/09/2019 |

Possible Missing Service for potential retirees

We’ve previously explained the importance of checking a member’s record when they’re coming up to retirement, in order to identify any missing service. Following feedback through Stakeholder groups we’ve reviewed the reminder process for possible missing service, which previously gave you ten working days to respond, to allow for additional time when a member isn’t imminently retiring.

10/09/2019 |

New Scheme factors

We’ve recently received new factors that are used in various calculations when member’s come to take their benefits or apply for flexibilities.

10/09/2019 |

Employer Portal security question & answer

As you can appreciate we need to ensure the safety of member’s data is as secure as possible, which is why all levels of security are important.

10/09/2019 |

Additional contributions funding for colleges

It’s been announced that further education colleges will receive an extra £100 million to help pay for increases in pension costs in 2020/21.

10/09/2019 |

Concurrent login issue

As you can imagine here at Teachers’ Pensions, to deal with the amount of employers we do, we need a large scale system to be able to store and amend member’s details. With any large scale system, issues can occasionally occur causing errors for those using it. In most cases the issue can be easily identified and quickly rectified, but in some cases the issues can take longer to fix.

10/09/2019 |

Monthly Contributions Reconciliation (MCR) update - Hot topics

We’ve recently updated the wording for the Retiring Members file and the email that informs you of it.

10/09/2019 |

McCloud update

A recent legal case brought by members of the Judicial and Firefighters’ pension schemes found that their schemes were discriminatory to members. This was on the grounds of age discrimination when the career average arrangement was introduced in 2015.

10/09/2019 |

Audited End of Year Certificate (EOYC) deadline

The deadline for EOYC submissions is fast approaching. Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted your return, but for those yet to please remember the deadline is 30 September 2019.

10/09/2019 |

Independent Schools consultation

​​​The Department for Education has published a consultation to seek your views on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme; specifically looking at the opportunities to change the rules for independent schools to allow for more flexibility in their participation in the Scheme.

10/09/2019 |

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Latest News

The latest policy updates and announcements about the scheme and the news that affects it:

Survivor Benefits - Opposite-sex civil partnerships
Professional Skills Test to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Training in 2020