Confessions of a Teacher - We're only Human
“I've taught at the expense of my own family”
Teachers open up about their lives outside of the school
In this short film teachers talk openly about their lives outside of their profession and the effect it has on their personal relationships.
As one teacher describes it: “At the end of the day you're a team, and you're a human being within that team.”
But there are sacrifices you have to make, as another teacher admits: “I've missed parents' evening at my children's school because it's been parents' evening at my school.”
They also discuss the financial stresses of living on a teachers wage. One teacher says: “I don't want to worry about money and debt, as well as a profession.”
Another admits when discussing student loan debt: “Forty, fifty grand worth of debt, in the back of your mind, that can, yeah, that can give you a lot of issues.”
What to do if you need support
If you're a teacher who is stressed or worried about anything you can call
Education Support's free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.
You can find Education Support’s financial information for teachers here.
The Money Advice Service - an independent service set up by the government, offering free and impartial money advice.
The National Debtline - free advice on how to deal with debt.
Citizen’s Advice - provides information on benefits, employment and housing and help on debt, credit and legal issues.
Step Change - a free debt advice service.