A growing number of teachers are on the verge of homelessness, figures shared with Tesreveal.
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.