I paid four months worth of contributions to the above scheme back in September 2001. Due to ending up in what was probably the wrong school for me, for a first post, I then left the teaching profession. I now work in an FE college in a non teaching roll, and have been paying into a local government scheme for 9 years now. Should I have closed my TPS scheme? Can I re-claim the few pounds that are in it? Or should I leave it where it is, just in case?