Retired Members

Services for retired members

All NASUWT members on retiring from teaching have continuing access to the following benefits irrespective of their age and circumstances of leaving the profession. This includes whether or not they pay a retired member’s subscription: 

  • entitlement to NASUWT legal and professional representation and advice in relation to any matter arising from former teaching employment at a time when the individual concerned was in subscription paying membership of the Union;

  • entitlement to apply for benevolence assistance in the unfortunate event of the former member and/or his financial dependants experiencing hardship.

Subscription for retired members

Many retirees choose to pay a small subscription to continue in membership of NASUWT as a Retired Member.

This involves informing the NASUWT Membership Department at Rednal of their change of status, following which they will be sent a letter of invitation to join their local Retired Members' Association (RMA) and their subscription will be collected by direct debit, as before.

There are now 35 RMAs in the UK with others likely to form. 

There are fewer than 100 retired members who are not served by their local RMA. Such members will be added to the list of centrally attached members and will receive information regularly from the Federation of Retired Members' Associations (FRMA).

Phased Retirement

Members who take phased retirement should continue as full members of the NASUWT, including by reducing their membership subscription to a part-time full membership subscription, as appropriate.

This involves informing the NASUWT Membership Department at Rednal of their change in status.

Retired membership does not confer eligibility for NASUWT assistance in respect of any issues arising from continuing employment.


This also applies to members who retire fully and then return to teaching on a supply basis.