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Your Stories

Helpline kept me in teaching

Paul's story

Paul, 29, a new secondary teacher, was feeling overwhelmed with the job, thought himself a failure and considered switching careers. Then he rang our helpline and with our guidance found a way to stay in teaching and enjoy it again. 

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SEN teacher stress and workload

Elizabeth's story

When Elizabeth, 56, a special needs teaching assistant in Staffordshire was at her wits’ end with her husband and daughter seriously ill and an extra workload at school she had no hesitation calling our helpline. We helped her manage her stress and find her own coping strategy.

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Primary school teacher feeling unsupported by headteacher

Amanda's story

Primary teacher Amanda felt that her headteacher was ‘gunning for her’ with constant pressure and negative feedback. She was signed off sick with anxiety and depression but with our support she managed to get back to school and manage her anxiety. 

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Grant for teachings housing

Tanya's story

Primary school teacher, Tanya fell into severe financial difficulty and had to sell their house and move into rented accommodation. They had no money for a deposit on another home. Find out how we helped. 

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Brenda's story - grants for lecturers

Brenda's story

When Brenda, 60, had to have a mastectomy she fell into financial difficulties we helped her out with a grant to pay arrears on her gas, electricity and phone bill and to help pay her mortgage.

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Don Fraser - grant for retired teacher

Don's story

When retired teacher Don Fraser’s relationship broke down he became jobless and homeless overnight. After he found a new flat but couldn’t afford a washing machine. We provided him with a new washing machine to relieve some of the pressure he faced.

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Andrea Glover - training grant for teachers

Andrea's story

Andrea Glover had always wanted to be a dyslexia teacher but she couldn’t afford to fund the highly-specialised training. We provided her with some of the funding to get her started so now she can realise her dream.

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Victoria - grants for school support staff

Victoria’s story

​Victoria works as a school admin. When her husband left her and their four sons, she was unable to keep up her mortgage payments and went into arrears. Luckily she contacted our grants service who were able to help. 

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Classroom behaviour case study

Lucy's story

Primary school teacher Lucy faced an impossible situation when she moved to a new job in London. She was faced with an ultimatum of either enduring physical violence from students or lose her job. 

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Tara - teacher housing crisis

Tara's story

Teacher Tara approached us last years after being told a week before Christmas she was going to be made homeless.

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