Preserve your benefits
You can leave your pension benefits in the scheme as all periods of reckonable service are added together and used to qualify for benefits. If you have not qualified when you leave, you may qualify later if you return to teaching and claim your benefits at Normal Pension Age (NPA). All preserved benefits are index linked from the date you leave.
When you wish to retire you must contact SPPA in writing at least three months prior to your intended retirement date. SPPA will not contact you and nothing is done automatically. You should refer to the website for up to date information and contact details for SPPA.