I'm not yet 55 but took voluntary redundancy from my teaching post when I was 50 after 24 years service, I have not gone back into teaching as I really don't feel it is for me anymore, but I am working in a school as a Support Assistant which I thoroughly enjoy. I want to ask if anyone has left teaching and then taken their pension at 55 did you find it enough to live off? I would probably continue with my job, for a while at least, and I have a property that I rent out so have other income. I'm just considering what I stand to lose by taking it early and would appreciate any thoughts from other ex-teachers on this site. I realise that once I've made the decision I can still do supply or another form of employment but I was hoping not to need to work.