Teachers' Pensions
Maternity, Paternity and Family leave

Maternity, Paternity and Family leave

Congratulations, you're a parent! But what does that mean for your pension? Find out here.

  • What is the impact on my benefits if I work part-time?

    If you work part-time, you’re treated in the same way as a full-time member.

    All your periods of service, both full and part-time, are added together when calculating if you have qualified for benefits. When calculating your average salary in Final Salary, we use full-time equivalent salary rates and not your part-time salary. In Career Average your benefits are based on 1/57th of your earnings, the same as full-time members.

    If you die in service while in the Final Salary arrangement, a death grant of three times the average salary is payable.

    If you die in service while in the Career Average arrangement, a death grant of three times your annual rate of pensionable  earnings (if you were employed full time) is payable at the time of your death. Again that’s the same as a full-time member.

  • What is family leave?

    Family leave covers absence due to maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave. To be pensionable you must be receiving at least half your salary or statutory pay; or if you’re on sick leave, at least half your salary in respect of that employment.

  • What happens when I go on family leave?

    Provided you’re receiving at least half your salary or Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) your leave will be classed as pensionable employment. If you don’t, then that period won’t be counted as pensionable.

  • Are Keeping In Touch (KIT) days pensionable?

    Yes, KIT days are pensionable if you are being paid at least half pay or statutory parental pay.

  • Is shared parental leave pensionable?

    Yes, shared parental leave is pensionable if you are being paid at least half pay or statutory parental pay.

  • What happens if I decide not to return to service after my maternity leave?

    Your pensionable employment will be considered to have stopped at the end of your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or once you’ve stopped receiving any pay. You’ll then be treated as a deferred member of the Scheme.

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