Retired teachers

Just because you’re retiring from teaching, you don’t have to retire from the NUT.

Retired teachers still make a contribution by, for example, assisting with local campaigns, going to meetings and helping recruit new members. Retired members' sections also offer a range of social opportunities to maintain contact with friends in the NUT.

What’s on offer?

Retired members continue to receive The Teacher, and can:

  • attend meetings of their local NUT association
  • participate in their retired members’ section
  • vote in local and national NUT elections
  • stand for election to the Union’s retired teachers’ advisory committee.

You can also benefit from:

  • life assurance and other investment facilities from Teachers Assurance
  • attractive savings with Teachers Building Society
  • motor insurance with Aviva
  • Countdown discounts on shopping, travel and leisure
  • discounted membership of Britannia Rescue
  • Aviva/Teachers Assurance home insurance discounts.

How do I remain a member?

Ring the helpdesk on 0207 380 0639, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and explain that you are retiring soon. It’s easy to amend your Direct Debit to the retired teacher rate.

Which NUT local association will I belong to?

You will be assigned to the association linked to your last place of work, or you may choose a different association (eg where you live), subject to acceptance.

Caution! Retired membership does not give you legal and professional cover. If you intend to teach after retirement you’ll need to sign up to supply or part-time membership instead.


retired teachers

School meetings toolkit

You can use this school meetings toolkit to help you set up meetings to increase the profile of the Union and build strong local NUT links. It includes model letters and resources that will help you set the meetings up, publicise them and do any follow up work. The NUT's White Paper campaign provides an ideal opportunity to go into schools and talk to members and recruit reps etc.

Pension Increase 2016

The Government has confirmed that there will be no increase to teachers' pensions in April 2016.

Pension increase 2015

There will be a 1.2 per cent increase in teachers' pensions from 6 April 2015 with a proportionate increase for teachers who retired part-way through the year.

This 1.2 per cent increase is linked to CPI inflation rather than the 2.3 per cent had the RPI link been maintained.

NUT briefing - Class 3A National insurance contributions

This briefing gives details of the Government's plan to allow people who reach state pension age before 6 April 2016 to buy Class 3A National Insurance Contributions to boost their additional state pension record. The scheme will run from 12 October 2015 to 1 April 2017.

New single tier state pension and review of state pension age

The Pensions Act 2014 legislated for a new single-tier state pension system from 6 April 2016 and contains provisions for regular reviews of the state pension age. The document summarises the relevant provisions of the Act for NUT members.

Changes to the state pension age September 2014

This guidance document shows the effect of the Pensions Act 2011 and Pensions Act 2014 on the state pension age. The 2011 Act accelerates the increase to 65 for women and 66 for both men and women. The 2014 Act brings forward the planned increase to 67 by eight years, affecting members currently in their mid-forties to early-fifties.

Pension overpayment Q&A

This guidance document is intended for use by members and division officials. The first section covers the background to the pension overpayment problem. The second section looks at how pensions are recalculated, and how to interpret letters received from Teachers' Pensions.

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