By Deborah Simpson, Director of Legal and Member Services, for August 2016 Your Voice.
The Teachers Working Longer Review (WLR) Steering Group, of which Voice is a member, has recently commissioned a second tranche of research to contribute towards its final report, due to be published in the Autumn of this year.
Following the Review’s interim report and the Rapid Evidence Assessments, there remains a lack of evidence on the impact of ageing on a teacher’s ability to work until an older normal pension age, largely, of course, because most teachers do not currently work to 65 or beyond.
Researchers have been asked to gather evidence of:
- which teachers are more likely to retire early on ill health grounds, and if there are any common characteristics, personal or at school level;
- what, if any, link there might be between retirement age and different teaching roles (primary/secondary/leadership/PE etc);
- correlation between ill-health retirees’ medical conditions and their role undertaken in school; and
- what the data tell us about teachers who retire on mental health grounds and if their characteristics differ from those who retire early due to physical health problems.
The full WLR Report is due to be published and considered by ministers later this year.
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