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Teachers' Pensions


It goes without saying that your pension isn’t just about you. It’s also about the people you love and care for. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about nominations.

  • How do I nominate a partner to receive death benefits?

    If you haven’t married or entered into a civil partnership with your partner they are eligible to receive a beneficiary’s pension if they meet the qualifying criteria – see here for details. You don’t have to complete a partner nomination form but doing so will provide useful details in the event of a claim for partner benefits being made.

    Only service from 1 January 2007 counts towards family benefits but if you’re in pensionable service when you make the nomination you can buy in pre 1 January 2007 service for a surviving partner benefit at full cost.

  • If I nominate someone to receive a death grant, will they automatically receive a pension too?

    Death Grant nominations and nominations to receive pension are entirely separate. If you nominate someone to receive a Death Grant nomination they will not receive a pension unless you make a pension nomination too.

    It’s your responsibility to keep your nominations up to date. The easiest way to do that is via My Pension Online.

  • Does marrying or registering a civil partnership cancel my Death Grant and Partner Pension nominations?

    A Death Grant nomination remains in place even if you subsequently marry or form a civil partnership, so it is important to keep your Death Grant nomination up to date to ensure your wishes are taken into account when the discretionary Death Grant is paid.

    A nomination to provide a close dependant relative with a beneficiary’s pension will be cancelled in the event that either you or they subsequently marry or form a civil partnership.

    It is your responsibility to keep your nominations up to date. The easiest way to do that is via My Pension Online.

  • On my statement it says that no death grant nomination has been made, but I have made a nomination

    Unfortunately, when Teachers’ Pensions moved over to a new system in 2005 any death grant nominations made prior to 1 April 2005 weren’t recorded on the new system.

    It’s important to note that the death grant is still valid regardless of how long ago it was made – if you were to die, we would check the old system for the nomination you made. To be extra confident and reassured you might like to make a new death grant nomination via My Pension Online.


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