Our History

We have been supporting education staff for over 140 years 

Established some 140 years ago in 1877, we were first known as The Teachers’ Benevolent Fund, designed to provide financial support teachers and their families in difficult circumstances.

By 1927 some of the main reasons people had for contacting the service were; nervous breakdown, housing and consumption. We also offered help to the orphans of teaching staff.

As the years went by we continued to develop to meet the changing needs of teachers and their dependents, in particular the challenges dealt by the First and Second World Wars such as child evacuation from cities to rural settings away from their homes and families, the untimely deaths of the loved ones of teachers and their pupils and great financial hardship experienced by all throughout the war and interwar periods.  

In the 1970s the Teachers’ Benevolent Fund further evolved to become a registered charity and recognition began to grow that an increasing number of teachers were experiencing and contacting the charity due to the undue pressure and stress they were under as a result of their increasing workload. Happily consumption was now a less common complaint.

The launch of coaching & counselling support

In 1999, the Teacher’s Benevolent Fund embarked on a new journey adding two additional strands of support. Firstly we created a new coaching and counselling service for teachers called ‘Teacherline’ – a 24 hour telephone support line for teaching staff with practical and emotional problems. Secondly we launched Worklife Support, an organisation dedicated to providing a range of commercial services created to improve the wellbeing and effectiveness of the whole school workforce. Building on this success in 2001 the charity evolved further, changing its name to Teacher Support Network to reflect our new remit to support teachers in many differing ways, not just through financial grants.

For the next few years we continued unchanged until 2006 when we recognised an opportunity to provide some of the same kind of support we gave to those in schools to those working in higher and further education too, and in 2006 we launched the new charity ‘Recourse’ to this end.

Education Support Partnership launched

Back to more recent times, in 2015 we recognised that many of the issues those in education faced were often universal; workload, stress, student behavioural problems, work life balance. Therefore it made sense to pool our resources from three charities into one, single organisation designed to help support and prevent these problems.

That single entity is the brand you see today – The Education Support Partnership – a new name for the joined forces of Teacher Support Network, Recourse & Work Life Support and a name we know is already grow in terms of recognition as we continue to provide effective and relevant support to all of those working in the education sector today. 

Here is a quick potted history of Education Support Partnership:

140 years history timeline Education Support Partnership

Watch this short video explaining our history:

Why we became Education Support Network

This short video explains why we brought together Teacher Support Network, Recourse and Worklife Support into one organisation: Education Support Partnership.