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You may be entitled to a State Pension which is paid on top of your pension from the Teachers' scheme. In this area of the website, we give a brief overview of how the State scheme works but more detailed information is given on the UK government's website at

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Your State Pension age

State Pension age

This is the age you can claim your State Pension. The State Pension age for women retiring from November 2018 is currently 65 and will increase to age 66 for both men and women retiring from October 2020.

The UK Government plans to further increase State Pension ages from 66 to 67 between 2024 and 2026 and to introduce automatic reviews of State Pension age every five years with the first review planned to take place in 2017.

You can find out more at the UK Government’s website GOV.UK

How does the State Pension scheme work?

There are two parts to the State Pension:

  1. The basic State Pension - the amount you receive depends on your National Insurance record
  2. The Additional State Pension - you will not earn an Additional State Pension while you are a member of the Teachers' pension scheme, although this will change in April 2016. You may have earned some Additional State Pension if you have been a member of a private sector pension scheme in the past.

These two pensions are due to be replaced by one flat rate State Pension for anyone retiring after 6 April 2016.

Information about the State Pension scheme is available at


My Pension online services

If you have question about your benefits you may be able to find the information you’re looking for instantly by viewing your details securely online. My Pension Online Access

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