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Teachers: Early Retirement

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Bedfordshire, (f) Hertfordshire and (g) England in each year since 1997, broken down by type of institution. (187609)

The following table provides the number of teachers awarded early retirement benefits whose last recorded service was in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire local authorities and for England by phase of education, in each year from 1997/98 to 2006/07.

Premature retirements1 from local authority maintained schools, 1997/98 to 2006/07

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire2

Essex2

Hertfordshire

Norfolk

England

Nursery/Primary

1997/983

60

50

100

110

40

5,130

1998/99

10

10

20

10

20

980

1999/2000

10

10

20

20

20

1,080

2000/01

10

20

30

30

30

1,490

2001/02

10

10

50

40

30

1,520

2002/03

10

20

50

40

30

1,810

2003/04

10

30

50

30

60

2,160

2004/05 4

20

20

50

40

60

2,640

2005/06 4

10

30

60

60

50

2,810

2006/07 4

20

20

70

60

60

3,150

Secondary

1997/983

80

70

150

130

70

5,750

1998/99

20

10

40

30

30

1,290

1999/2000

20

20

50

20

20

1,470

2000/01

20

20

20

40

20

1,520

2001/02

20

10

40

50

30

1,760

2002/03

30

10

40

40

40

1,970

2003/04

50

20

50

30

40

2,570

2004/05 4

20

30

80

50

60

3,170

2005/06 4

30

30

70

50

70

3,550

2006/07 4

20

30

80

80

60

4,000

Special and PRUs

1997/983

10

20

10

470

1998/99

100

1999/2000

100

2000/01

150

2001/02

200

2002/03

190

2003/04

10

10

210

2004/05 4

240

2005/06 4

10

10

290

2006/07 4

10

10

320

Total

1997/983

150

120

270

250

110

11,370

1998/99

30

20

60

40

50

2,370

1999/2000

20

30

70

40

50

2,650

2000/01

30

40

50

70

50

3,160

2001/02

30

20

90

80

60

3,470

2002/03

40

30

90

80

70

3,960

2003/04

60

50

100

60

100

4,930

2004/05 4

40

50

130

90

120

6,060

2005/06 4

40

60

130

120

120

6,640

2006/07 4

40

50

150

150

120

7,460

1 Premature retirements include actuarially reduced benefit awards from 2000/01.

2 Cambridgeshire and Essex local authorities were re-organised on 1 April 1998 and therefore the figures for 1997/98 are for the former local authority areas including Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) and Southend and Thurrock (Essex).

3. The effect of the change in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme as from 31 August 1997 was that many more teachers took early retirement in 1997/98 than in other years.

4 Provisional estimates. All years may be subject to slight revision due to the addition of retrospective awards and suspension of pension benefits where teachers return to service.

Source:

Database of Teacher Records (DTR) and Pensioner Statistical System Penstats.