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Retirement Courses?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by angiebabe, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    Does anyone know someone who has been on one of these courses? Are they any good? They cost about £120 for a day. Can you persuade your HT to pay? And finally how much notice do you have to give to your school/LEA that you want to retire?
    Thanks guys
  2. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    Go on one at least two years before you go. They help you prepare and go through the transition process. Financial advice is essential andvsometimes is needed early so you can adjust.the going rate for courses in London is £300-£400 a day. Yes the school should pay. The school and you will both origami benefit by planning your retirement over two years. Resignation times are the dames as normal though.
  3. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    What happens if you don't want to take up origami in your retirement? And do you have to be a dame to resign?
  4. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    Sorry Jacob the predictive text on the iPad is rather exuberant x
  5. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    In FE as soon as rules changed about retirement all "planning" was ditched. You give notice to quit, you contact TPS to say you are retiring. Thats it. I suspect that "planning for retirement" will disappear everywhere due to the cuts.
  6. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    Certainly there is less LA support of this process. However I beehive the onus for instigating this is the teachers. The major unions provide courses and financial advice for this approaching retirement. My message though was to plan some time in advance to allow for any changes that might be needed. Anyone over 50 in my view should be planning I.e. Thinking ahead.
  7. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    Believe bloomin ipad
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Stanley Unwin survives and is living in your ipad!
  9. Yes! [​IMG]
  10. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Of course you should plan. I have been "planning" since I had a kid, and she is now 15. But the bloody HMG keep changing the goalposts. Now i won't get a sniff of state pension until I get to 66 and they keep *** about with the TPS.
  11. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    Too late to plan for 2years hence - thank god!
    I asked HT to go on Retirement Course as part of my Professional Development and he said no.
  12. I didn't know such things existed! I just decided to retire, wrote the Head a nice letter saying I was retiring at the end of term. And then at the end of term I ......errr retired.

    And it's great. Never missed work one little bit.
  13. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    If you have the time ask for one of your performance management targets to be a successful transition into retirement which would include relevant courses of course. If you have left it to the last minute and are now disgruntled with your school and displaying such dissatisfaction as in the tone of your reply. Then it comes as little surprise your Head is reluctant to co-operate. If embittered just shut the door and say goodbye. Save your energy for enjoying your retirement.
  14. Hi

    I'm a Teachers Retirement Coach, as far as I know the only International Coaching Federation certified coach who specialises in this area. My advice to anyone retiring is to get their school to pay for them to attend something that can help them to think through all the different aspects of retirement. Some of the questions you need to be thinking about are

    ? Friendship ? are most of your friends through school? If so it?s important to make new connections.
    ? Routine ? how will you be without the structure of the day, week and term in your life? There?s a lot of time to fill!
    ? Challenge ? where will you find a purpose, things that stretch you and keep you learning?
    ? Identity ? who will you be when you?re no longer a teacher? How will you introduce yourself?
    ? Status ? where will you get respect, a sense of worth, and even love, from?
    ? Reward ? what was the best thing for you about teaching? What else could you do to get that buzz back in your life?
    ? Money ? is your pension adequate? If not you may need or want to look for work. What will it be? What will give you satisfaction as well as income?

    I offer a wide variety of options to help teachers in schools and FE plan for their retirement. I also work with those who have already retired and are finding it a tough transition. I run free monthly teleseminars on topics of interest, offer an introductory set of top tips and exercises to get you started and write regular tips on my blog. I offer 1 to 1 coaching by phone or inperson in the Leeds area and run pre-retirement seminars in Yorkshire. (What I don't do is offer financial advice - this is a specialist area and you should always use a specialist). You can find my details at www.teachersretirementcoaching.com.I offer a free consultation session to answer questions and help you select the options that best suit you.

    by the way - February's teleseminar is an interview with Julia Skinner, who some of you may know from her blog The Head's Office. Details on the website.
  15. Shifter

    Shifter New commenter

    Teachers Retirement Coach?
    What the F next?
  16. You should ideally plan ahead at least 12 months prior to retirement and don't approach it flippantly as its a major lifestyle event. Many teachers look forward
    to relaxing more and making use of free time when they retire, but its
    important to appreciate that retirement can be one of life’s most significant
    transitions so careful planning is crucial for well-being. For many retirees the
    shift from a busy school life to having time on their hands is stressful and so
    teachers need to prepare for retirement well in advance.
    I have colleagues who have been on retirement courses and the quality seems to be wide ranging. Some are run by IFA practices as financial 'surgeries' without any lifestyle input and a focus solely on financial products.
    Others are at the other extreme - lifestyle coaching - almost an Americanism.
    One recommended course was run by an organisation called the Teachers Retirement Association. Their courses are run by ex-teachers and pension specialists and seem to cover most areas of retirement planning specifically for teachers. I am not sure of the cost but understand that they're pretty reasonable.

  17. Although not specifically about retirement, the onlyinput from the NAS, when we asked for help with redundancy, was to set Weslayan on our tails. They ran 'retirement seminars', which had no other purpose than to separate us from our redundancy cheques. I suspect the same is true with lumps sums, as when I applied for ARP, as no other work was in prospect, guess from whom i got several letters and cold calls?
  18. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I went on a free Teachers Assurance retirement course, held in the evening at a local hotel. It was very good and we had information on the State pension, TPS and how Actuarial Reduced pension works if retiring before the usual retirement age. You can arrange a personal advice session if you want more specific advice.
    They had some very interesting tips, such as how to proceed if you want to teach beyond 60 (retirement age in the old TPS) but would also like to have your retirement lump sum and annual TPS pension. If you have an amenable Head who wants you to stay in post, they allow you to officially retire from the post a few days before your 60th birthday. You then get an AR pension, reduced by a tiny amount, and the Head takes you back on when there's been at least a day's break in service. That way there can be no pension clawback when your earning reach a certain level as happens to those who retire at the normal age and then return to teaching.
    AR pension is also useful for those who want to leave their contracted post but want to take LA paid supply teaching therafter (again no pension clawback can happen).
    Anyone who will reach 60 (or 65) late in the summer term would be well advised not to retire until 31st August so that they get the summer holiday pay and the extra pension that comes from those 6wks+ of contributing to the pension.
  19. Still begs the question - why would a private company run 'free' courses at a hotel, with al lthe associated costs? Just a thought.
  20. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I would have slightly - not much, but slightly - more confidence if their punctuation was better.
    Best wishes
    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, every week in print in the TES magazine, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultations.


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