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Teacher poverty, teacher grants

“I can totally see how teacher poverty is a reality”

21st January 2020

Teachers have opened up about the impact teaching can have on their personal lives, particularly when it comes to coping with debt and money worries.

We’ve been working with BBC Teach on a series of short films highlighting the experiences of teachers. 

In the latest film ‘Confessions of a Teacher - We're only Human’ education professionals open up about the impact teaching has on their lives, including the financial pressures of coping on a teacher’s salary.

Below is a short extract from the film – to see more go to BBC Teach

One teacher admits “I’m always skint.” 

Another says: “I can totally see how teacher poverty is a reality, particularly for people who are single and are only relying on their wages.”

One secondary teacher has made the life changing decision to leave the UK and move more than four-and-a-half thousand miles away to teach at an International school in the Cayman Islands.

She says: “I don’t want to worry about money and debt as well as a profession.  I can’t afford to live the life I want to live, here.  I had to start thinking about me, and so I’m going to move abroad. “

How we can help you

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. 

If you need emotional support, remember, you can call our free and confidential 24/7 helpline on 08000 562 561.