This page is designed to provide help for (UK)
teachers working overseas & considering retirement.
Most retirement advice seems
to be 'money related' ... this page is going to have that bias as well
... but please note that there is an area on "Shambles" with
links to some 'lifestyle' websites. CLICK
If you are a UK teacher that has been teaching
overseas and thinking of retirement, either in the UK or still overseas,
then you should be aware of at least two pensions you are possibly entitled
Pension (usually age 65)
- to find out what you are entitled upon
retirement write to the Inland Revenue National Insurance Contributions
Office, ask for your "pension forecast & contributions
update" - you can also use the application form BR 19
CLICK HERE to download (63KB pdf
- their replies are extremely comprehensive,
information and helpful - obviously an efficient department - you
may be able to pay some missed years and improve your final pension.
- Revenue National Insurance Contributions
Office, International Services, Room BP1301, Benton Park View Longbenton,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1ZZ, England
- Teachers Pensions (usually age 60)
- if you previously worked in the UK as a teacher for at least 2
years then you may well qualify for the "Teachers' Pension"
.. which is separate from the UK State Pension
- they have a website at http://www.teacherspensions.co.uk
- they also have a department that will provide you with an "Estimate
of Retirement Benefits"
- Write to : Teachers' Pensions, Mowden Hall, Darlington, DL3 9EE,
- Teachernet (UK) has a useful update on this topic at www.teachernet.gov.uk/pensions/
- don't wait until just
before you retire to write to these departments - do it NOW
- they provide a great service for free!
- the teachers' pension
is based on your last UK salary ... which might suggest that if you
have been overseas for a long time then going back to the UK to teach
for a year before you are 60 might be beneficial - you are recommended
to investigate this.
- when writing to
the above organisations give them as much information as possible including
your National Insurance number.
The Teachers Support
Network (UK) - Services
for Retired Teachers
The UK Teacher Support Network is a national charity that provides practical
and emotional support to teachers and lecturers (both serving and retired)
and their families, regardless of age, length of service or union affiliations.
Their service has been created to take some of the anxiety out of the
difficult situations teachers may face in retirement or when caring for
an older relative.
Help is offered in several areas : Looking for a "Care
Term Care, Working