Teachers' Pensions

Transfers

The good news is, if you want to, you can transfer your pension credits from your previous scheme into your Teacher’s pension. If you have a question about this, our FAQs may be able to provide the answer.

  • Can I transfer my pension credit to the Teachers' Pension Scheme from another scheme?

    Yes, you can transfer any pension credit, if the previous scheme meets Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requirements and you apply for a transfer within 12 months of entering pensionable employment in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. You can complete the Transfer In form online.

  • How do I transfer my pension credit to another pension scheme?

    If you want to transfer your pension rights out of the Scheme, we’ll need a formal request from you and your new pension provider. An application form is available here.

    Please be aware that since 6 April 2015 we’re unable to transfer your benefits to a Defined Contribution scheme, we can only make transfers to Defined Benefit schemes. 

    Defined Benefit schemes promise to give you a certain amount each year when you retire. How much you get doesn’t depend on investments. Defined Contribution schemes are where money is invested by a pension provider and your pension depends on how much has been paid in, how long you’ve been paying in and how well the investment has done.

    When we receive a request from your new provider, a guaranteed statement of entitlement will be issued, normally within three months. Once the signed acceptance for the transfer value is received from your new provider, we’ll issue the payment. 

    Please be aware that if you’re a pension credit member, you can't transfer out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

  • I taught in Northern Ireland before moving to England can I transfer my benefits into the Teachers' Pension Scheme?

    Yes, but you should look to do this within 1 year of taking up your appointment in the Teachers' Pension Scheme. If you started work in England before 1 April 2015 you have until 31 March 2017 to apply to transfer the benefits you accrued in Northern Ireland at a preferential rate. You can complete the Transfer In form online.

  • I taught in Scotland before moving to England, can I transfer my benefits into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme?

    Yes, but you should look to do this within one year of taking up your appointment in the Scheme. If you started work in England before 1 April 2015 you have until 31 March 2017 to apply to transfer the benefits you accrued in Scotland at a preferential rate. You can apply online.

  • I transferred all my service out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme when I left teaching and joined a private pension scheme. I’m returning to Teachers’ Pensions and plan to transfer my benefits back into the Scheme. Will I return to the final salary arrangements?

    When you return to the Scheme you’ll be treated as a new starter and will enter into the career average arrangements. Transferring your service into the Scheme doesn’t restore your original service.

  • I was a protected member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme before I left. I was employed in another public service scheme during my break in service, does that mean I keep my protection when I re-enter service?

    If you were out of service for less than five years you’ll retain your protection in the Scheme. If you were out of service for more than five years the time you spent in the other public service scheme can reduce the break in service regardless of whether you transfer your benefits into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. For example if you still had protection in your other public service scheme you may qualify for protection in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, regardless of whether you transfer your benefits into the Scheme. You must tell us about this service and protections by completing this form.

  • I’m leaving pensionable service and will be joining another pension scheme can I transfer my benefits out the Teachers’ Pension Scheme?

    Any transfer out application must be made within 12 months of taking up pensionable employment in your new scheme. Transfers out of the Scheme can’t be made to defined contribution pension schemes. These are sometimes called money purchase schemes and are where your contributions are invested by a pension provider chosen by your employer. Your benefits in these schemes depend not only on how much you have paid and for how long, but also on how well the investment has done.

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