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 020 7380 6366, 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

Equal Pension Rights for Same Sex Couples (Walker Case) April 2018 update

Equal Pension Rights for Same Sex Couples (Walker Case) April 2018 update

The Department for Education has proposed changes to dependents' pension rights in the Teachers' Pension Scheme for same-sex couples following the July 2017 'Walker' judgement. Click here to read more about it.

Pension Increase 2018

Pension Increase 2018

The Government has published the proposed 3 per cent increase in teachers' pensions with effect from 9 April 2018. Click here to read more about it.

Equal Pension Rights for Same Sex Married Couples (Walker Case) July 2017

Equal Pension Rights for Same Sex Married Couples (Walker Case) July 2017

A man has won a decision at the Supreme Court that should he die before his husband, his surviving husband will be entitled to a pension equal to that which would have been received by an opposite sex widow.

We are awaiting clarification from the Department for Education on the implications for the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, including whether any change would be retrospective. 

Currently opposite sex widows in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme get an automatic survivor pension based on their husband’s service from 1 April 1972 onwards, compared to 6 April 1988 for same sex and opposite sex widowers.

Our view is that all service from April 1972 onwards for all marriages and civil partnerships should be counted automatically for survivor benefit service.

Pension Increase 2017

The Government has published the proposed 1 per cent increase in teachers’ pensions with effect from 10 April 2017. Click here to read more about it.

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.

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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