Your Stories

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 (not their real name), felt that her headteacher was ‘gunning for her’, with constant pressure and negative feedback. Nothing was ever right. But when she started to sit in on her classes Amanda couldn’t take any more and was signed off sick with anxiety and depression. With our support she managed to get back to school, take on a new role and manage her anxiety. 

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Tanya's story

Grant for teachings housing

Primary school teachers, Tanya and her husband Michael fell into severe financial difficulty and had to sell their house very quickly at a massive loss. They moved into rented accommodation with their three children but soon after were given just eight weeks’ notice to move. They had no money for a deposit on another home. Find out how we helped. 

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Brenda's story

Cash - grants for teachers

Brenda, 60, became an ‘accidental teacher’ after many years working in the Civil Service. When she 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 living in a Buddhist monastery for two months 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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Victoria’s story

Victoria - grants for school support staff

​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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Tara's story

Tara - teacher housing crisis

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

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