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Public pension crucial for teachers

Private school teachers believe that their public pensions scheme is "crucial", with many saying they would leave the profession if forced out of it, a survey suggests.

A poll of almost 1,500 independent school staff by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reveals that more than 90 per cent have access to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS).

Half (49.6 per cent) say that the scheme is "crucial" to them, and they would not consider working at a school that did not give them access to it.

A further 28% said it was "very important" that they are offered the chance to belong to the pension scheme.

More than one in four (27.6 per cent) said they would consider leaving teaching if the Government decided in the future to exclude independent schools from the TPS.

And over one in five (21.9 per cent) said such a move would make them consider returning to work in a state school.

Two in five (40.3 per cent) said they would take out a personal pension, the findings show.

A report on public sector pensions by former Labour cabinet minister Lord Hutton, published in March, said it was "undesirable for future non-public service workers to have access to public service pension schemes".

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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