The teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) and supplementary fund supports schools with the increase in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from September 2019.

Details of the September 2019 to March 2020 allocations can be found here.

The following rates apply for the Sep 2019- March 2020 period:

Primary Schools Sep 2019 - Mar 2020
Inner London £92.20
Outer London £85.29
London Fringe £79.85
Rest of England £77.50
Secondary Schools
Inner London £135.71
Outer London £125.55
London Fringe £117.53
Rest of England £114.08
Special & Alternative Provision schools
Inner London £336.53
Outer London £311.33
London Fringe £291.44
Rest of England £282.89

The Schools Accountancy Team anticipate that schools will receive payment for the period covering September 2019 to March 2020 in November 2019

Pension Supplementary Fund
The pension supplementary fund provides additional support alongside the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG), for the cost to schools due to the increase in the employer contribution rate to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

Schools are eligible to apply for the pension supplementary fund if their grant allocation falls short of their actual pension cost increase by more than 0.05% of their overall budget for the period.

The following funding streams are included in the definition of ‘overall budget’:

  • The budget given to a school by their local authority for the 2019-20 financial year, as published in the authority pro-forma tool (APT), following de-delegation
  • School sixth form funding: 2019-20 academic year funding allocations
  • teachers’ pay grant: 2019-20 financial year allocations

The ESFA are using actual pension costs from the November 2019 pay bill as an indicative month for applications to the supplementary fund.

The first application window for mainstream schools will run from 2nd December 2019 to 17th January 2020. Schools can expect to receive payments in March 2020.

The second window in April 2020 is for local authorities and non-maintained special schools.

Schools will need to apply directly for the Funding

The online application form for your school will be pre-populated with your school’s pension grant allocation and your overall budget. The application form will ask schools to enter their actual pension costs from their November 2019 pay bill. The ESFA has confirmed there will be sample pay bill checks to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted.

We will update FAQs with further details as they are published.