J Dutton

J Dutton

J has been teaching for the last seven years in the Midlands. A History specialist, she has also taught ICT, Citizenship and Government and Politics. She’s a passionate educationalist and enjoys reading around both her subject and issues in teaching. In her spare time, J enjoys cycling with her daughter, swimming and exploring the local area. On a more solitary level she enjoys reading with tastes ranging from The Girl on the Train to books about Irish history. She has also tries, not always successfully, to bake and craft things! To date this has included a dinosaur cushion and a duvet-sized quilt. J is a supporter of #WomenEd.

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:00

LGBTPAQ: Support and challenging abuse

Teenage years are full of enough stress and challenge without young people having to worry about being accepted for something they have no control over; their sexuality and identity. LGBTPAQ - whether you are a parent, student or teacher you may recognise some of these letters, and others may be leaving you wondering what they mean. Below, I have tried to 'sum up' as best I can the definitions as I have experienced and understand them. Please do comment and contribute to this article if you feel you have a clearer or more focused definition.

This is a topic that is close to my heart as I have had a lot of close family experience mental health concerns. Their treatment and reception by others has varied. I have also watched others struggle to ask for and accept help and support for fear of the stigma or reaction from others. The impact that this delay has had on them has cost them their education in some instances, their marriage and job in others. As a teacher, I also want my students to feel comfortable and confident - teenage years are tough enough as it is!

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