Growing number of teachers on verge of homelessness

The Tes reports that a growing number of teachers are on the verge of homelessness, figures shared with Tes reveal. As well as causing hardship for teachers, unaffordable housing has also been blamed for fuelling the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

The situation has become so serious that senior figures in politics and education are pressing the government to intervene to secure affordable housing for teachers.

According to figures shared with Tes by the Education Support Partnership (ESP), a charity that provides mental health and wellbeing support to education staff in the UK, the number of teachers it has helped who are threatened by homelessness is on track to more than double this year.

Last year, the charity helped 300 people experiencing a financial crisis relating to housing. Halfway through this financial year, the figure had already reached 350. “We’ve seen a real surge in teachers applying to our grants scheme in the major cities and areas where pressure on housing and living costs are high,” an ESP spokeswoman said.

One of those helped by the charity was Tara, a teacher in Bath. A single mother, she faced the prospect of homelessness earlier this year when her landlord unexpectedly terminated her tenancy.

“I had this sudden and horrible realisation that being a teacher meant that, actually, I was pushed out of the market,” she told Tes.

The average London house price in November 2010 stood at £282,290, but by September 2017 it has risen to £483,568. Meanwhile, in 2010 a teacher working in an Inner London school was entitled to a minimum salary of £27,000 on the main pay scale, but seven years later this had only increased to £28,660. As a result of these changes, an Inner London NQTs salary has fallen from 9.6 per cent of the average London house price in 2010 to just 5.9 per cent today.

According to survey findings published last week by the NAHT headteachers’ union, “high housing and living costs” was the third most common factor cited by school leaders as to why they struggle to recruit NQTs. This year, nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents mentioned this factor, compared with just under a quarter (24 per cent) in 2014.

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Comments

  1. Laura

    Yes, I know London teachers who have had to cancel their pensions payments just to enable them to pay rent for a not very nice room in a shared house; teachers wishing to start a family leave the city, much against their inclinations quite often.

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