my worry is that I will experience what you describe, I don’t want to feel resentful because I have to spend my “days off” recovering from my work days. I think I might contact my union and see if they can advise on the best way to go around it. Do you know who decides if you are entitled to ill health retirement? Is it school or the Pension department?
good luck with your application
The hormone treatment and other tablets I have to take are taking their tole with all the side effects. I find even though I am part time the long days and all the other things that are associated with the role are physically demanding as well as emotionally demanding so I am not enjoying my days off, as I am recuperating and haven’t the motivation or energy to enjoy things I used to do. I do enjoy teaching and I would miss parts of my job but I know that I cannot carry on so will probably apply for ill health retirement this academic year 💋
I thought I had read on the Teachers Pension website that to be entitled to claim the enhanced ill health retirement benefits you need to be unable to do any job in school. My school have implied that they would like me to return but that they would expect me to carry out “all” duties eventually, but phased return with a view to part time would be available. I think I could probably manage the class teaching on a part time basis, but it’s all the other stuff (planning, staff meeting, parents evenings, co ordinator responsibility etc) that I’m not sure I could cope with. How are you feeling about your position?
I did not apply at that time because of Covid, I have got the forms to fill in though and will get to it probably this term. I am sure the criteria is different for everyone and you do not have to be terminal or have a secondary diagnosis, where did you sauce that information from ?
did you decided to take your teachers pension and if so did you get it on ill health?
I am facing a similar problem myself, was diagnosed early September 2019 and not gone back yet as on Herceptin till November. Also school can’t guarantee I will be socially distanced so I was thinking about returning after Christmas part time. My memory is what’s troubling me, I can’t remember the simplest things and I still have bouts of fatigue which knock me for six. I did make enquires earlier in my treatment about retirement through Ill health but it wasn’t very clear on the pensions website. I seemed to recall you needed to be terminal or diagnosed with secondary cancer to qualify, but I can’t remember ( it’s the chemo brain !!).
i would be interested to know what you decided or if anyone else has any information on this matter.
I’ve just had a look at the Teachers pension website and it says that you can claim retirement pension from the age of 55, although I imagine you won’t get as much as if you’d waited till the normal retirement age, so it sounds as though you’re just in this age bracket.
Like you, I went back very part time to teaching after 6 months off for chemo and radiotherapy and found it absolutely exhausting - it was the constant feeling of ‘busyness’ and the never-ending marking, planning etc. However I was older (63) so the decision to retire was easy. I can’t help thinking that the stresses of teaching might have contributed towards my breast cancer...... good luck with your investigations 😊
Anybody gone for ill health retirement after a breast cancer diagnosis? Have gone to two days teaching and still finding it hard- just wondered if there were other options I am 56 and two years after diagnosis thanks