I'm looking for advice regarding the best option from either phased retirement or a new part time contract. I'm 56, and thought I'd settled on phased retirement as it enables me to keep the benefits of years of service, sick pay entitlement and so forth, whilst maintaining my current pay scale and role. However, at a Weslyan retirement seminar recently, it was suggested that the better option would be to take my pension and ask for a new part time contract with a day's break in service. This seems attractive but I'm concerned about the acceptability to my head and HR, ( do LA schools have rules on this type of thing!) and the potential loss of 15 years service benefits. This is especially pertinent as I am a cancer survivor and have previously had to take time off for treatment, so I don't want to lose those benefits. Any advice appreciated.