Teachers’ Pensions administration is completed free of charge for Schools that buy into the Payroll section of our Service Level Agreement. For non-Payroll Schools, there is a charge of £25 per teacher, substantively employed as at 1st April 2017. If a new teacher joins the school, a £25 charge will be levied in the subsequent quarter and is applicable retrospectively.
All teaching staff are automatically enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension scheme upon starting a new contract.
Please note that the guidance below includes links into the Teachers’ Pensions website in order to provide all the information necessary for schools to assist us in the submission and administration of Teachers Pension arrangements for their teaching staff, connected and supplying information to the HR shared service as necessary.
The HR Shared Service will undertake routine checks on data supplied, as well as, provide updates on deadlines and notifications of scheme changes via this site. Schools must note that additional questions, corrections and adjustments are likely to attract additional charges, so please ensure all administration is as accurate as possible first time around.
My Pension Online (MPO)
Teachers are advised to access the member hub for information regarding their Teachers’ Pension including how to sign up for My Pension Online (MPO) where they can view their Annual Benefit Statement as these are no longer sent as hard copies. Teachers’ Pensions have created posters which can be downloaded from this page and placed in staff communal areas such as the staff room.
Teachers can also complete forms online and access a range of tools and calculators via MPO. They will need their Teachers’ Pensions (DfE) number, National Insurance number and an email address to sign up.
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
NQTs are encouraged to access the PlanIt section of the website which has been created by Teachers’ Pensions to inform new teachers of the different aspects of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Joining and leaving the Pension Scheme for all schools using an external payroll provider
All schools using an external payroll provider should use the standard templates provided by TP, for the notification of new starters and leavers; the latest versions are attached below.
The Pension Scheme is highly regulated and an attention to detail and compliance with guidance is vital.
We often deal with queries from teachers who believe they have missing service. Please contact HR Team regarding the missing service resolution.
Schools should encourage teachers to check their service records every year. If they are not paying pension contributions, they need to ensure that they have completed an opt out form and received confirmation from Teachers’ Pensions that their opt out has been accepted. If not, it is possible that there will be arrears of contributions payable, both by the individual and also from the school.
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