Introducing the four stages of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme

To make life easier, we’ve divided teachers up into the four separate groups below.

A person who's entering teaching for the first time with no previous service.

Starting out

Information for a teacher who's considering retirement.

Retirement Planning

A teacher who's been in pensionable employment for a minimum of 12 months.

Your working years

A teacher who's in receipt of retirement benefits.

Your retirement years

Now, obviously, a new teacher is also an active teacher and even retired teachers can return to teaching. What’s more, anyone can be planning their retirement at any age. So these terms are not definitive or restrictive or exclusive or in any way legal. They’re just there to save you from reading the entire website. If you're a new member, start by finding out more about the Scheme. 

So, which one best describes you?

Discover more about the Scheme

It's important to understand the 'type' of member you are, what happens if you take a break and how your online account works. Learn more about each of these in our dedicated sections.

It is important you understand what member type you are and which arrangement you are in.

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Find out what happens with your pension when taking time out from your teaching career

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Read our guide on My Pension Online to understand the benefits of an online account.

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Latest News

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

Buy Out flexibility – deadline 30th September 2015
Teachers working longer review - Request for evidence
Transfer News Update
Annual Allowance – Changes announced in the 2015 Summer Budget
HMRC - National Insurance Contribution changes
Transfers news: EEA (non-UK) QROPS schemes

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