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I reluctantly need to leave as soon as possible, preferably Christmas. What is the last date for handing in notice...is it next Friday (half term)? Also, I am 57 - how will this affect my pension? Will it be frozen, or can I "retire" and draw on my pension if I do not get another job? Do I need to inform Teachers' Pensions now? I haven't really decided that I want to retire, but I really really really need to leave, and I worried that I will not have any income, so need to know if I don't get another job can I automatically "retire" as such and ask for my pension? Sorry for all the questions. Hope someone can help.