Covid-19 (Coronavirus) notice

The Teaching Staff Trust is trying to work normally through this period. If you are facing financial difficulties you can download and complete our application form from this website or you can complete a contact form and we will forward one to you as soon as we can. We won’t be answering the phone but you can leave a message which we’ll pick up and try to respond to you. You can email us at and we’ll reply as quickly as we can.

We do understand what a difficult time this is going to be for everyone and you might find that some of the following will give you advice and information that you need: - this website will help you to get in touch with your local council if you have immediate food, money or housing issues.

If you’re struggling with anxiety at the moment please look at who have produced a useful guide -

You can find out more about symptoms and advice about covid 19 at and

MIND have put together a helpful webpage with advice about self isolation -

ACAS have produced information for employers and employees which you might find helpful -

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About TST

Teaching Staff Trust provides financial support to people working (or who have retired from working) in education of under-19s for five years or more. We aim to make a real difference when the unexpected happens by reducing the financial impact of bereavement, serious ill health or injury, relationship breakdown, loss of home or loss of income.

Our History

TST took over from SGBI, a charity with a heritage of over 170 years of work assisting educators in financial hardship, in 2017. In 2018 we merged with SOSS, the Society of Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses (founded in 1797), with whom we’d worked closely for many years.

Take a look at our timeline

How we work

We’re based in a small office in North West Kent where just two of us manage the charity. Our board of trustees oversees Teaching Staff Trust and sets the policies for the support that we work to. We keep our overheads low so that we can provide as much financial support as possible


"When I was ill, I had to give up my position as a teaching assistant. TST supported me so I could get back on track"

Karen - Former Teaching Assistant

"I spent so much looking after myself and my daughter I ran out of money for the essentials. TST gave me the chance to move closer to family"

Denise - Retired Teacher

"When a Housing Association found me a home near work, TST helped me to pay my first month’s rent and gave me money for carpets and furniture."

Angie - Teaching support