Teachers' Pensions

Conditions for accessing benefits

Accessing benefits from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme

Accessing benefits from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme has become increasingly complex as a result of various reforms that have been made. 

Up to 2006, all members had a Normal Pension Age (NPA) of 60.  From 1 January 2007 new entrants had a NPA of 65 and, more recently, the new Career Average arrangement launched in 2015 has a NPA which mirrors a person’s State Pension Age, subject to a minimum age of 65. 
Different types of retirement such as Early Retirement (AAB), Phased Retirement and Additional Service after Retirement (ASAR) have also been introduced over time, in addition to Age, Ill-health and Premature Retirement, with different conditions applying to each. This gives rise to a variety of options for members, particularly those with benefits in more than one arrangement or who remain working beyond their NPA.

And where does the employer stand in all this?

As employers are asked to provide information to members and encourage them to obtain independent financial advice, we have created resources to help with this.

On our website you can find summaries of the conditions for accessing benefits and the combination of benefits along with a more detailed guide including examples and case studies.


Last Updated: 21/03/2018 13:03

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