I am a transition member with benefits in final salary (about 20 years) and career average (nearly 3 years), looking to retire in eight years time (if I can make it that long) ! My teacher’s pension is showing my best three years at 1/9/08 to 31/8/2011, giving me a revalued salary of £45,000. I was a deputy head during that time period on a much higher salary than now. From 2011 to present, I became a part-time UPS3 class teacher and my salary dropped a few thousand pounds as a result. My questions are: 1) Is my final salary part protected and based on my higher income during that time, i.e the £45,000 revalued salary? 2) Or will my best period above disappear, as I am reading that your pension is now based on your best three years out of your last ten before you retire? If #2 is the case, would I be best opting out of the teacher’s pension to preserve my final salary benefit from 2008-2011, rather than continuing in it for the next 8 years? I just don't know what would be the best option to take, so any help is much appreciated.