Teachers' Pensions

Opting out

Thinking about Opting out? Get all the information you need to know about what Opting out means for you and your pension.

  • I'd like to stop paying contributions, can I do this?

    Yes, if you’d like to stop paying contributions you can “Opt Out” of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

  • How do I Opt out?

    The simplest way to Opt out is to complete the online form. Once you’ve completed this form, it’s automatically sent to your employer who will provide further details before sending it to us. Alternately, you can compete the paper form.

    Providing we receive all the information needed, you’ll receive confirmation of your Opt Out elections and you’ll cease payments to the Scheme from the first day of the month following the month in which the form is received by Teachers’ Pensions. However, if you’re opting out within the first three months of an employment the Opt-out will apply from the point you entered the scheme for that employment and you will be refunded your contributions via your employer (note that the refunded contributions will be subject to income tax and National Insurance).

  • What are the benefits of staying in the Teachers' Pension Scheme?

    There are many benefits associated with paying into The Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and we recommend you take independent financial advice before leaving the scheme. The costs to provide an equivalent level of benefits via a private pension arrangement are likely to be considerably higher. The benefits of a teacher’s pension include;

    • A state-backed Defined Benefits pension based on your salary and service rather than investments, so you’ll know how much your pension will be when you come to retirement
    • Employer contributions that go towards the cost of providing your pension
    • Ill health pension provision to protect you and your loved ones if you’re unable to work
    • A lump sum payable to your loved ones if you die before retirement
    • The flexibility to retire from age 55
    • Tax relief on your contributions
    • The ability to manage your pension online in a way that suits you.

  • If I Opt out, can I re-join the Scheme at a later point?

    Yes, you can Opt out and re-join whenever you’d like and as many times as you’d like.

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

    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.

Forms

Ready to apply? Our forms page has everything you'll need to get started.

Forms

Calculators

Get an insight into how your pension is built and explore your options.

Calculators

FAQ's

Find the answers with our range of Frequently Asked Questions.

FAQs

Related Information

My Pension Online

Register

Safe as houses