Dear all Just stumbled across a little nugget that I want to pass on. When the sods that be chuck us out by forcing us to resign to avoid capability, the salary takes a kicking, the teachers' pension stalls, it's generally very unpleasant. Made even more so by looking at boggle-eyes Morgan on the daytime news shows you can now watch! As you all know, the age at which we can retire to qualify for state pension is rising, so every month of national insurance we pay in, whether it be through salary or benefits paying it for us...well it all counts. Especially as, when on supply, we cannot contribute to our other pension. I cannot claim benefits due to a mortgaged home and waged partner. Many teachers facing the loss of their job will be in a similar plight. However, I AM entitled to claim back the national insurance payments on the months I wasn't teaching, as I've obviously paid in for the bulk of a teaching year, then left suddenly. You can request through the DFEE that National Insurance pay them on your behalf. Nobody else CAN pay them on your behalf, so just as well really. You telephone them, they interview you briefly on the phone, they then post out a longish form, then you fill it in. This is especially useful for teachers whose health has broken down and are looking at several months out of work, yet cannot claim benefits. I don't think you get this if you DO qualify for benefits, I was told it's an either/or, which is depressing. At least, if you do this, your state pension is being paid into while you look for work. If you're facing this position, ask the department for work and pensions to post you out a form. The DFEE will then assess you...you almost certainly WILL qualify, and they should then pay the missing months, to make it up to the full tax year of national insurance contributions. There's a reason why they're not advertising this much! Otherwise, all these teachers who worked last April to this year and have to leave suddenly...will not get a full state pensionable year.