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Head Teachers: Retirement

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of head teachers in England were within (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) five years and (e) 10 years of normal pension age at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (166702)

The normal pension age (NPA) of teachers who entered service before 1 January 2007 is 60. Entrants to the profession from that date have a NPA of 65. NPA is the age at which members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme can retire without any actuarial reduction to their pension benefits.

The following table provides the percentage of full-time head teachers in service in the maintained schools sector in England within one year, two years, three years, five years and 10 years of the NPA 60, in March 2005, the latest information available.

Full-time head teachers in maintained sector schools in England, percentage in service by number of years before the normal pension age (60), March 2006 (provisional)

Years before NPA

Percentage of head teachers1











1 Percentages are cumulative.


Reforms of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme that were introduced in January 2007—and which include a NPA of 65 for new entrants—included new provisions that are specifically aimed at encouraging teachers to extend their working lives. These new provisions will provide a real and attractive alternative to teachers’ traditional approach to retirement.


Database of Teacher Records