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Your Stories


Venessa's story

Venessa found it difficult to balance studying for her diploma, working at a placement and dealing with a part-time job. Thankfully she was able to receive a grant from us that took some of the pressure off and allowed her to focus on her studies.

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Grants for retired teachers - stairs

Jennifer's story

Jennifer always wanted to be a teacher but wasn’t able to join the profession until after she had children. Unfortunately due to ill health she had to retire early. She and her husband have limited income and when she needed a stairlift, they turned to us for help.

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Vicky’s story

Vicky, a Learning Support Assistant, and her two young children were faced with homelessness after struggling to pay the deposit for a new property. 

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Amber's story

Amber is a primary school teacher. She loves seeing the smiles of children when they achieve something. However, when she became the victim of workplace bullying she thought it was the end of her teaching career.

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David Hudson training grant for teachers

David's story

Like many schools across the UK, David’s school in Pontefract is facing budget cuts, which is limiting his training opportunities. So we stepped in to help with our newly launched training and development fund.

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Boonnak Family Grants Recipients

The Boonnak Family

Teacher Julia and lunchtime supervisor Teerasak, needed financial help to adapt their home for their severely disabled 6-year-old son, Finnan. We were glad to help.

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Headteachers mentoring programme

Cheshire West & Chester Local Authority

Hilary Berry, Chair of the Association of Primary Headteachers at Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority, outlines the hugely positive impact the Headspace Programme has on their headteachers year after year.

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City of London Academy

City of London Academy

Hannah Mathews leads on wellbeing at City of London Academy in Southwark. Here she outlines the work that has been done to improve staff wellbeing and morale making the school a more positive place to work.

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Jody and Daughter

The training fund helped me get back into teaching

After a break from her teaching career to look after her children, Jody wanted to return to the classroom. Our Training and Development fund helped to give her the confidence boost she needed.   

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Learning in Harmony Academy Trust

Gary Wilkie,Chief Executive and Executive Head of Learning in Harmony Multi-Academy Trust, outlines the positive impact the Positive Workplace Survey has had in this group of schools.

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