Hi All I came late to education, having worked in tv and film production for 22 years. Following a long break of nine years when I stopped work to care for my (autistic) daughter, I tried my hand as a special needs TA in 2009. I was interviewed and observed for a higher level position four years ago, which required a degree of teaching. I taught 5 lessons a week and ran the school council. Following a change of head, my teaching quota grew and grew and the timetable I have been presented with for next September is approx. twenty four lessons a week (plus School Council). I was told as a Higher Level TA, I could not expect any PPA time, but that the teachers should supply the schemes of work (it's never happened yet)! BUT, if she was to award me un-qualified teacher status, then - although there would be no difference to my pay-check at the end of the month - I would get PPA time (as I would have to plan everything from scratch). What I cannot find out, for love nor money, is what it would mean for my pension. I would go from 'part time' (39 weeks a year pro-rata'd pay) to full-time, but the salary would be lower as it wouldn't be pro-rata'd any more. I'm presuming it would be a teacher's pension, but I cannot find out if it would be better for my pension if I moved from my Local Government Pension Scheme as an HLTA, to an unqualified teacher's pension for the remaining five years of my working life. Does anyone have any ideas? Or has anyone been in a similar position? I've tried Unison, NUT, My Pensions HelpDesk, Teachers' Pension Portal . . . all to no avail. HELP!