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Simone's story

NQT, Simone was able to keep a roof over her and her son’s head with help from our grants

Simone recently qualified as a teacher and started a job working at an alternative provision with students who have behavioural issues and special educational needs.

She decided to study to be a teacher: “I came into teaching to better my career prospects and provide a better future for my son.

Financial challenging year of training

As a mature student and single mother she found studying financially challenging. She received a student loan which met her basic costs and although she cut back on spending considerably she struggled and exhausted all borrowing options including supportive family and friends. “I worked really hard to obtain my qualification and sacrificed a lot” she explains.

Her mortgage lender was relatively flexible and offered her a reduced payment period whilst she was studying. However this came to an end in June.

Although she has got a job, her first salary payment is not until August. This meant she was unable to pay her July mortgage or nursery fees. She was also not able to claim job seekers allowance as she had a job offer and her working tax credits only start in August.

She was very anxious about the situation commenting, “It was paramount that I kept a roof over our heads and my son in nursery so that I could continue working.”

She heard about the Education Support Partnership financial support through an adviser at her university. Our Grants Caseworker, Carl, quickly assessed her application and was able to award her one month’s mortgage and an essential expenses grant to assist with food and travel.

Starting NQT year with confidence

Simone is very grateful for the help she received from us. “The grant from Education Support Partnership was crucial in ensuring I pay critical bills which will enable me to successfully embark on my journey as an NQT” she said.

“The beginning of this month looked very bleak indeed. I was very upset because of my financial situation and contacted you as a last resort not expecting that you would be able to help.”

“The day I found out you were awarding me a grant was one of the happiest for me after quite a difficult year. The relief of knowing that I am able to receive help towards critical financial obligation is indescribable. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel and it’s thanks to your help. I really appreciate everything and feel your organisation is doing a great thing in helping others in a profession dedicated to helping others.”

How we can help

Our confidential grants service is here to help you manage your financial and money worries to get you back on track when you are struggling.

If you are working in or retired from the education sector and are suffering financial problems caused by unemployment, ill health, sudden life events, bereavement or a personal injury we may be able to offer support.

Please visit our grants page to find out more and apply.