Teachers & Life Insurance

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TeachersMost UK insurance provides will provide life insurance for teachers at normal rates. Teachers life insurance applications will need to detail any extensive travelling that you do as part of your job role: sabbatical, research projects, student recruitment, etc. Provided that you do not regularly visit hazardous countries or are abroad for extended period of time, Life Insurance for teachers abroad should not be affected by your travel requirements.

Whole life insurance for teachers provides protection for your entire life assuming that you keep up to date with your premiums. The benefit of this type of policy is that there is no end term of the policy, so your next of kin are certain to receive a benefit payout upon your death; provided that your original application is completely accurate and the policy premiums are up to date. Whole of life insurance is often used to cover funeral expenses, with many individuals insuring themselves with this cover for up to £20,000.

Critical illness cover pays out a cash lump sum of money, if you are diagnosed with a medical condition that is listed in the insurer’s claims set e.g. cancer, heart attack, stroke.

Critical illness insurance for teachers should also be available at standard terms with most insurers. Teachers critical illness cover applications will also need to detail foreign travel that you do, but again this should have little bearing on your application provided that you do not visit high risk countries.

Income protection pays you a replacement of your monthly income, if you are unable to work due to ill health.

Income protection for teachers is available with many insurers within the UK, but it is very important that you ensure that the claims definition and deferment period of the policy suits your circumstances. Income protection policies come with claims definitions of own occupation, suited occupation or any occupation. Ideally you should place your application with an insurer who will provide an own occupation definition for your policy, meaning that should you make a claim your ability to work will be assessed on your ability to work as a teacher. The other definitions available will see your claim being assessed with your ability to work in a similar job role or any occupation at all, meaning you would need to be more seriously ill in order to make a successful claim.

Teachers income protection Insurance applications need to detail the deferment period you require before a claim is paid: 1 day, 1 week, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 13 weeks, 26 weeks and 52 weeks. It is very important that you look at your employment contract to establish how long you would receive sick pay from your employer should you be ill. It would be pointless to choose a deferment of 4 weeks if your employer would pay sick pay for 3 months, as many insurers will not allow you to claim on your policy at the same time as sick pay is being paid. This means that you would pay a higher premium for a shorter deferment that you could not claim on. This can all seem confusing, and it is, our insurance advisers are trained to understand these policies and can provide you with the correct advice as to which policy options are right for you.

Are you planning a trip abroad? It is worthwhile making sure that you know exactly what your travel insurance covers you for. Visit our dedicated travel insurance page for more information, here.


Teachers provide a vital service to our community by educating children and lifelong learners. Teachers provide the basis of our knowledge and prepare us to be a well functioning member of society.

  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Lecturer
  • University lecturer
  • Special needs tutor
  • Violent students
  • Stress/depression
  • Foreign travel
  • Educating students
  • Lesson planning
  • Field excursions

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