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Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) update

1st May 2019

In January 2019 the DfE launched a consultation to seek views on their proposal to provide funding for certain education institutions to cover the cost of increased employer contributions to the TPS. You will be aware that these are due to rise from 16.48% to 23.68% in 2019/20 (including 0.08% administration charge).

The response to the consultation and the methodology for payment have now been published on the GOV.UK website. The response confirms that the funding will be provided to the following types of school:

  • Mainstream and special maintained schools
  • Mainstream and special academies (including Alternative Provision, 16-19 academies and free schools)
  • Maintained nursery schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Independent special schools, to the extent they educate children with Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Local authority centrally-employed teachers
  • Music Education Hubs


The DfE is also providing funding for FE colleges and other publicly-funding training organisations including sixth form colleges.

The DfE is considering an appropriate allocation mechanism and will announce this in due course. Also subject to further consideration will be the possibility of funding beyond the 2019/2020 spending review.

The DfE will not be providing funding for universities and independent schools. The response, however, also announced that the DfE will engage with the Independent Schools Council (ISC) to consider the possibility of allowing independent schools to leave the TPS via a phased withdrawal. In these circumstances a school could retain its current teachers in the TPS but the scheme would be closed to new teachers joining the school.