Teachers' Pensions
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 Are there any restrictions to the amount of service that is used in the calculation of my retirement benefits?

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The maximum total pensionable employment that can be used in the calculation of Final Salary pension is 45 years. This restriction doesn't apply in the Career Average arrangement.


If you continue teaching after your 75th birthday, any service after that date is not treated as pensionable but your retirement benefits are payable from your 75th birthday.

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Q I have benefits in both the final salary and career average arrangements. Can I still convert some of my pension?

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Yes, you can convert both your Final Salary and Career Average benefits. You don't have to convert the same proportion of each benefit but they are subject to the HMRC limits.

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Q I Opted out but my employer is still taking contributions. What should I do?

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You'll stop paying contributions from the first day of the following month that your Opt out was received at Teachers' Pensions, providing you've received confirmation from us. If your employer is still taking contributions after this point, please contact them.

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Q What is scheme valuation?

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Every four years, the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) carries out a valuation of all unfunded public service pension schemes. Teachers' Pensions is one of these schemes.

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Q What does scheme valuation do?

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The valuation is the process by which scheme costs are measured and managed. It assesses the long-term cost of providing pensions and other benefits to members of each public service pension scheme and determines the appropriate employer contribution rates going forward.

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