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Alan's story

Headteacher wellbeing - Alan's story

Primary headteacher Alan was about to leave teaching after more than 20 years in the profession. But with our help he found there was light at the end of the tunnel.

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Angela's story

University careers adviser wellbeing

It’s common for people to feel stressed because they have too much work. But what happens when you don’t have enough to do? That may sound like bliss. In fact, it can be very stressful as university careers adviser Angela explains.

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Paul's story

Helpline kept me in teaching

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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Elizabeth's story

SEN teacher stress and workload

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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Amanda's story

Primary school teacher feeling unsupported by headteacher

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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Tanya's story

Grant for teachings housing

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

Brenda's story - grants for lecturers

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's story

Don Fraser - grant for retired teacher

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's story

Andrea Glover - training grant for teachers

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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Martin's story

Headteacher wellbeing Martin

Martin Lumb, headteacher of Hunslet Carr Primary School in Leeds, shares experience of our Headspace programme which offers support to headteachers to help deal with the pressures and responsibilities of the job.

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