When I was 14 I was told by my teachers I was thick and that I would not amount to anything. I believed them and dropped out of school at 16; by the age of 17 I realised that I needed an education and went back to college and was diagnosed as being dyslexic. I completed my A-levels and took a job working for an IT company. I was there a year and it went bankrupt. I work all manner of jobs and put myself through college to gain a higher national certificate and progressed to a degree course. I funded this working as a chef while I completed my Ba in IT business management. I also completed my NVQ in cooking through the job I had. I then got my degree (BA 2:1 hons ). I got a job with learn direct and then progressed to do my PGCE which was funded through student loans. I became a Secondary School Teacher and have just got my Masters in Education. But I still feel like I have to get the PHD to prove that I was not stupid and I will not be satisfied until I have it. I have suffered from depression over my School experience and fight everyday to ensure that other students are fully supported and needs identified so no one I teach goes through the same experience I did. Being told the things I was told in school made me driven and determined but I still feel that I have a final point to prove and feel that I can only do this by reaching the highest level of academic study. the issue is I just can't afford it. I have two wonderful children and a supportive wife but it’s a struggle and if you could help me to reach my full potential I would be so grateful. I know I should be proud of what I have acheived but I need this to be able to put them behind me. Thank you for your support.