Got another pension?

The good news is you may be able to transfer your pension from your previous scheme into your teacher's pension. But you can only do it if it meets HM Revenue & Customs’ rules and your previous scheme is willing to pay a transfer value. You have 12 months to complete the transfer in process from entering, or returning to, pensionable teaching service and that also applies if your previous pension was earned while teaching in Scotland or Northern Ireland. The process can be lengthy so don’t hang about.

If you want to transfer your pension from your previous scheme then please complete the application forms online.

Joining from another public service pension scheme?

If you've previously been a member of a public service pension scheme you may wish to consider transferring your pension to us. But did you know that your service in other public service pension’s schemes may qualify you for protections in the Teachers' Pension Scheme?

The other public service schemes are: Local Government Pensions Scheme, NHS Pension Scheme, Civil Service Pension Scheme, Police, Fire, Armed Forces and Judiciary.

New to the Scheme

If you were a Protected Member in your previous scheme and didn't join it's career average section when it was introduced, or joined the career average section at a later date (tapered protection) then you may qualify for protection in the Teachers' Pension Scheme. Please complete the Joiner Questionnaire and ask your previous scheme to complete their details and return them to us so that we can check to see if you do qualify for protections with us. It could mean you retain a right to enter our Final Salary arrangement rather than the Career Average arrangement.

You don't have to transfer benefits from your previous scheme to qualify for retained protection.

Returning to the Scheme

If you're returning to the Teachers' Pension Scheme after a break of more than 5 years, any service during that period in another public service scheme may mean that you retain the Salary Link in the Teachers' Pension Scheme. The Salary Link is the protection introduced with the move to Career Average that allows us to use the salaries in Career Average service when calculating any Final Salary benefits to which you're entitled. As salaries generally increase over the course of a career the Salary Link is something worth retaining. If you're returning to us after a break of more than 5 years but spent some or all of that period in pensionable public service please complete the Joiner Questionnaire and ask your previous scheme to complete their details before sending them to us. We'll then check and if you qualify we'll re-establish the Salary Link between your future service and your final salary benefits.

Last Updated: 08/12/2021 14:05


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