​Comedy-first a sell-out success for UK education charity

1st March 2018

Brilliant sets from Jack Dee and Stewart Lee together with fantastic hosting by Kerry Godliman made Education Support Partnership’s first-ever comedy fundraiser a roaring sell-out success last night.  

The incredible line-up also featured Kerry’s fellow ‘Mock the Week’ regulars Hal Cruttenden and Angela Barnes together with teachers-turned comedians Rob Rouse and Jo D’Arcy.

Braving the ‘Beast from the East,’ a 900-strong audience of teachers and many others from the wider education community packed out London’s Union Chapel, Islington to see some of the biggest names in comedy, raising over £21,000 for the UK’s only charity supporting anyone working in the field.

‘The Funny Thing About Teaching’ made for a special event in praise of teachers and the #laughorcry’ moments of the job. Taking a break on a school night, audience tweets included:

“I didn’t know education could be so much fun” and “face hurts after a brilliant teacher-themed comedy night.”  

Teaching is a tough job and it’s getting harder. In the charity’s latest health report ‘The health and wellbeing of education professionals in the UK’ the overwhelming majority of teachers told us they’ve suffered mental or physical health problems because of their jobs. Education Support Partnership helps thousands every year who are struggling through its free Helpline and expert counsellors.

Former Geography teacher turned stand-up Rob Rouse said: “I’m delighted to have done this night to support teachers in crisis. Having experienced the job first-hand, I realised I didn't have the necessary mettle to be a teacher, so became a clown instead.”

Jo D’Arcy added: “As a former teacher, I know a sense of humour is pretty essential to get through the day. Teaching is a great, but tough job and the stresses and strains are immense. For many the pressures are getting too much and yet if we don’t look after teachers, who will look after their students? I’m so pleased to help Education Support Partnership raise awareness to help more.”

Angela Barnes said: I had plenty of laughs at school but what a tough job our teachers have. Let’s help Education Support Partnership make sure our teachers get the help they need, when they need it.”

Julian Stanley, CEO of Education Support Partnership said: “We were absolutely delighted to have these great comedians on board for our first comedy gig and want to say a very big thank you for their time. Their support is testament to the respect so many of us have for our teachers. This was a night of laughter where we could share the humour of school and of education and help those who need it.”

Find out more about Education Support Partnership and sign up to our e-newsletter to be first in the queue to find out the date of our 2019 comedy special: https://www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk/subscribe

Ends

Notes to editors

Education Support Partnership is a charity that was established 140 years ago to offer support and guidance specifically for those working in the education sector, from lunch time supervisor to teacher, from FE college tutor to university professors and everyone in between.

Contact: Sophie.Howells@edsupport.org.uk Tel 020 76972756/ out of hours 07814515984