In a thread about bullying, I mentioned that our 'beloved' Head used threats against teachers' pensions as an inducment to get those staff he wanted to be rid of to take early retirement. I have heard that a Head can hold up the pension of a serving teacher for a certain period of time, but can he also do this for staff who have already left the school? Another threat he tried was to tell people that he would have the school's contributions to the pension fund withdrawn, so if you had been at the school for, say, a decade, this would be a considerable loss. When those of us who were being made redundant had a meeting with our Union, this question was asked but, as far as I know, we did not get a definitive answer. I would assume that if Heads could withdraw peoples' pensions, they would have already done so, implying that, without really good reason, they cannot. These days, however, anything goes, so I wonder if anyone knows under what circumstances a teacher can lose his or her pension.