Your Scottish Teachers' pension scheme

Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: Reduced telephony service

To date, we’ve followed Scottish and UK Government guidance and taken the appropriate preventative measures to protect our colleagues and services. We’re well prepared for the spread of the virus and ready to continue to deliver core services.

From April 2021 we amended our telephone system, find out more here.

Members can contact us at: sppacontactus@gov.scot

For employers: For any data related enquiries please log in to EDM online and contact us using secure messaging or SPPAEDM-Enquiry@gov.scot

We’ll update our website when our full service is restored. The SPPA appreciate your understanding and patience at this time. A SPPA Covid-19 FAQ can be found here.  
Teachers Summer Retirements

August is a very busy month for us due to the volume of teacher retirements. If you’ve submitted a retirement application, please see the information below:

You should have received an initial acknowledgement when you sent us your application – this means your application has been received and will be processed – if you didn’t, then please let us know.

Unfortunately, due to the amount of applications received, your pension calculation can sometimes be finalised just weeks prior to your retirement date even though you may have submitted it well in advance.

We have a lot of checks and calculations to undertake and we are often required to contact employers to clarify information (this is why applications should be submitted three months in advance).

You will receive your retirement paperwork either before your retirement date, or in some cases, if your retirement date is early in the month just prior to the banking day your pension goes into payment (last banking day of the month).

There are currently two occupational pension schemes for teachers in Scotland, the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS) and the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme 2015 (STPS 2015).

These schemes are administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency on behalf of Scottish Ministers. SPPA is also responsible for scheme regulations and for all the administrative tasks required to serve over 73,000 active members, more than 21,000 deferred members and over 79,000 pensioners and dependants.

The two schemes are statutory and guaranteed by law, providing pensions and life assurance for teachers in Scotland.

Access our Teachers Factors.

Please click on the title above to see all the Teachers Forms.

A basic guide to tax on pensions.

What is the McCloud/Sargeant judgement? The McCloud/Sargeant judgement refers to the December 2018 ruling by the Court of Appeal. This ruling found the protections included in the 2015 CARE reforms unlawfully discriminated against younger members of the Judicial and Firefighters’ pension schemes, as transitional protection was only offered to older scheme members.

Teachers Scheme FAQs What pension scheme will individuals be a member of from 1 April 2022? From 1 April 2022, all those who continue in service will be eligible to do so as members of their respective reformed pension schemes (i.e.