Consultation outcome

Teachers' pension scheme: independent schools proposal

Applies to England

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Detail of outcome

Summary of responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation


We're seeking views about proposed changes to the participation of some independent schools in the teachers’ pension scheme.

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Consultation description

This consultation is to gather views on the proposals to change the England and Wales teachers’ pension scheme rules to allow independent schools to opt out more flexibly.

Under current scheme rules, an independent school electing to opt out of the scheme results in all members becoming deferred.

The proposal would mean that independent schools who are electing to opt out of the teachers’ pension scheme for future teaching staff, can allow existing staff to remain as active members.

The consultation seeks views on the proposal and whether there are any alternative proposals to achieve the aims outlined in the consultation document.

Published 9 September 2019
Last updated 11 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Teachers' Pension Scheme: independent schools phased withdrawal, consultation response'.

  2. First published.