"Teachers working in state schools contribute to their pension from their own salaries, with additional contributions from their employers. Private schools can make the same contribution for the same benefits. However, private schools would not be allowed by the Pension Regulator to pay so little if they ran their own pension schemes. In effect, the government - that is, us the tax payer - is subsidising private sector pensions." Paula, a former primary school teacher herself, says she is disgusted that this is still allowed during a time of such massive cuts to the public sector: "Private schools are businesses, they exist to make money for private individuals, should we the tax-payers be financing these pensions? I think not." It's just another insult when added to the fact that private schools are registered charities when they are quite clearly run as businesses. It's shocking that so much criticism is levelled at public sector pensions when this issue is totally ignored.