About TST

TST 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 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 TST and sets the policies for support that we work to. We keep our overheads low so that we can provide as much financial support as possible

Teacher

"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