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Teachers Working Longer report finally released

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The report was commissioned back in 2014, to review the possible health and deployment implications of teachers working longer as a result of the increase in normal pension age (NPA) in the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) and the link between the NPA and State Pension Age (SPA).

The aims of the review were:

  • to explore the health and deployment implications of teachers working longer:
  • to consider possible options to mitigate these implications where necessary
  • to make recommendations to the Secretary of State
  • to provide evidence that can be used by stakeholders to contribute to any government reviews of the state pension age (SPA) and the link between normal pension age and SPA in public sector schemes.

NAHT remains opposed to acceleration of further increases to the state pension age, and the linking of state pension age to the Teachers' Pension Schemes.

The report makes the following recommendations:

  1. There needs to be greater recognition and celebration of older teachers as an important part of the teaching workforce.
  2. Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) Information and Communication should be clearer for both employers and teachers, particularly in relation to ill health or phased retirement,
  3. There needs to be consistent and effective support for teachers' physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing throughout their career.
  4. Managers need more support in managing an age-diverse workforce and getting the best out of older teachers.
  5. There should be greater promotion and implementation of flexible working across all schools to support a more inclusive age-diverse culture.
  6. The work of the group and the findings should feed into and inform various programmes across the Department for example, those aimed at reducing teacher workload.
  7. The Teachers Working Longer Review Group should continue and should carry out more research.

Following the release of the report, the Working Longer Review Group will continue its work, with NAHT as a representative. As part of this and our wider campaigning work, NAHT will continue to press the Government for the changes to teachers pay, pensions and other conditions of service needed to end the recruitment and retention crisis.

You can access the full report and findings here.

First published 23 January 2019