A charity that helps teachers says the numbers asking for financial support has rocketed over the past year.

The Education Support Partnership (ESP) says the figures have risen by 40% with teachers either unable to afford travelling to work or paying their rent.

There are also issues around plummeting recruitment levels and worries over public sector wages, they say.

The news follows revelations that the salaries for teachers in England has fallen by 12% between 2005 and 2015.

Facing homelessness without the charity’s financial help

One London primary school teacher the charity helped in London, a single dad of two, said he was facing homelessness without the charity’s financial help.

He told one newspaper that he was down to his last few pounds every month and had no savings to fall back on.

The teacher earns £32,000 but said that the cost of living in London, in addition to the pressure to meet work targets, was making life a struggle.

He said he was already three months behind on paying his council tax and he cannot afford activities with his children.

A government report last year revealed that thousands of teachers had left the profession before reaching retirement which means headteachers are now struggling to recruit with quality candidates.

Teaching posts are being filled with a teacher who is not qualified

The National Audit Office also warns that around half of the UK’s teaching posts are filled with a teacher who is not qualified.

The chief executive of ESP, Julian Stanley, said: “Growing numbers of teachers come to us because they are struggling.

“Mortgage and rent arrears are problems but other teachers are struggling with basics like getting to work and food bills.”

He added that despite the public valuing and regarding the profession highly, there is a financial strain for many people working in education.

Mr Stanley said: “If we do not want to support our teachers, how can we expect anyone to join and stay for the next generation of students?”

The newspaper report also revealed that the Teachers’ Housing Association which helps to provide rental accommodation for London’s teachers has seen the numbers of those asking for help ‘far exceeding supply’.

The National Education Union’s joint general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, said: “It’s no surprise that teachers who are in hardship is rising so dramatically.

“Inflation has shot ahead of pay and it’s not keeping up with the cost of living so some are struggling. If this remains the case, we will see teachers leaving.”

She added that there is a teacher retention and recruitment crisis and this is worsening.

The Education Support Partnership charity

Now the Education Support Partnership charity says that last year it received 494 applications for financial assistance but the figures have rocketed between April and November to reach 531.

That’s a 40% rise on the same period in 2016 and, they say, they are expecting to give a record number of financial grants to teachers in England by April.