Inclusion and Support Covid 19

Inclusion and Support Services

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Inclusion and Support Services at Derby College Group (DCG) are here to support you and your family during this uncertain time. This page has been designed to share ideas and resources which you can use over the coming weeks. We’re in this together.

If you are applying to Derby College, we will be in touch to support you during interview, complete your inclusive teaching and support plan and create a transition plan with you to help you get to know other students, our staff teams and the college site which you will study on. We have also included links to external organisations to give you extra guidance and support.

Please remember - we are working hard to support our students and our staff during these challenging times. We have over 150 people in the Inclusion team and inevitably team members and their families can be poorly too!

If it takes us slightly longer to respond - don’t worry we will get in touch asap.

Sarah Le-Good – Head of Inclusion at DCG

Working 9 till 5


The College “Inclusion team” and “Inclusion Curriculum team” are here to help you. Get in touch if we can help with any of the following:

  • Staying up to date with your studies, staying focused and feeling supported while you study from home
  • Support in taught sessions
  • Regular phone calls to see how you are doing and feeling
  • Activities for all to do at home to keep fit and healthy physically and mentally
  • Inclusive equipment and software support
  • Thinking about the future, transition and next steps towards your goals
  • Signposting to external specialists/agencies
  • Information about upcoming virtual open days, virtual events and live chat support


For students with an EHCP already studying with us we will still be holding your annual review (if we haven't already) virtually or by phone.

If you’re a new student feel free to email us and we will be in touch to support you during application, interview, support planning, transition and enrolment!

Email if you need any support:

Roundhouse Campus - mark your email for the attention of...
Liz Johnson Engineering, Professional Construction, Travel and Tourism, Lexis, Evening Maths and English, Business, Electrical and Plumbing
Laura Spivey. Child Care, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Hair and Beauty, Counselling
Bonnie Eardley. Motor Vehicle, Construction Trades, Plastering, Brick
Helen Lewis. Pathway to Working Life
Ben Walkerdine – Steps
Nicola Cooper Higher Education
Broomfield Hall Campus - mark your email for the attention of...
Laura Hodson Land based, Sport and Public Services
Bene Willis Pathway to Independence
Helen Lewis Pathway to Working Life Small Animal Care
Nicola Cooper Higher Education

Ilkeston - mark your email for the attention of...
Laura Hodson Construction, Engineering, Access, GCSEs, Early Years, Health and Social Care
Ben Walkerdine Steps
Helen Lewis Pathway to Working Life

Joseph Wright Centre - mark your email for the attention of...
Rebecca Thorne-Stewart A levels, ICT, Creative arts, GCSEs
Nicola Cooper Higher Education

Additional Inclusion Services - mark your email for the attention of...
Lisa Peacock Deaf Access.
Samantha Pratt Education Health and Care Plans
Nicola Cooper Exam Access Arrangements
Alan Pywell Apprenticeships
Helen Busby Inclusive Technology and Modifications
To contact anybody in the Inclusion department, please email in the first instance.

Lecturer suppoting Students

If you need to talk to someone about Careers or college life Student Services will be happy to help you with your young person’s options for next year.

If you need advice or to someone about a safeguarding issue, simply follow the link

For Safeguarding concerns of students in the Inclusion curriculum contact

If you’re anxious or stressed you could contact Kooth, they offer free online counselling

For information about support available and staying safe during Corona Virus Derby City SEND Information Advice and Support Service

The local authority where you live can offer help and the opportunity to volunteer, if you are able to do so, find details here

For information about how services have been affected, support available and contact details.!/directory

Your Rights

Guidance on any exceptions to the Government rules for people with SEND If your young person has a learning disability or autism and needs to leave the house to exercise for more than once a day, the government has said that they are allowed to do this and travel by car to a quieter area if they need to. To give you reassurance, please take a copy of this letter from Amaze with you.

Educational Resources and Activities

General information about what the Coronavirus situation means for young people with SEND, with links to useful organisations that can offer information, support and resources to use with the young people to keep them educated and entertained during lockdown.

Online resources compiled by the government to support you and your family :Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education GOV.UK

Gig Buddies is running online music festivals to celebrate young talent and creativity. You can support your young person to perform or simply tune in to see the performances.

The BBC has some useful resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown. Tips for managing stress and promoting well-being for young people with SEND:

Links for young people to all kinds of educational and fun activities including short courses, YouTube videos and revision links for GCSE and A level studies.

Free resources for Science, Geography and Business aimed at young people aged 11 to 19.

This site has a link to Twinkl, a web-site offering a free secondary home-learning pack, including times tables games, GCSE learning resources and reading comprehension activities. There is also a SEND pack, but it is aimed at younger children.

group of Inclusion Students sitting on a wall together

Parents' Toolkit: SEND

Parents' Toolkit: SEND

SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

Groups and Support

Groups and organisations that will be able to give you the support you need to look after yourself so that you can continue to look after the people who rely on you.

Umbrella is a support group in Derby for young people with SEND living in Derby and Derbyshire. Its Family Support Group is still answering calls and offering advice

Derbyshireiass provides support and advice about the support available for young people with SEND.

The YoungMinds website and Helpline is a good source of information. YoungMinds have a specific page to help with anxiety around the Coronavirus. It is aimed at teenagers and suggests other support services that are available.

Home AAA Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. They also offer specialist education and support.

Ambitious about Autism

Coronavirus Updates and Information in BSL - SignHealth

SignHealth is committed to making sure coronavirus information is available in British Sign Language (BSL). Their content is updated daily.

The National Autistic Society have services and resources to support autistic people and their families during the changes to learning and staying at home.

Mencap has useful information about coping with the lockdown and a helpline.

Well-Being and Mental Health

10 Tips to support you with your well being during coronavirus
Every Mind Matters | One You
Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters and One You can help with expert advice and practical tips. Start the fightback to a healthier you today.


Are you concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on working with your young person while you are together at home? Visit

Here are some tips on how to manage the change in routine caused by the Coronavirus lockdown and explanations in easy terms for young people with SEND.

Self-help and Free Apps

The Derby College Health and Well being toolkit is a one stop shop for advice, support links and self-help tips to positively manage your mental health

The Anna Freud page includes lots of ideas to try for self-help.

Mind Recommended Apps:

Mind Shift
Rise up
Fear Tools

Students walking outside the roundhouse entrance


Organisations that can help you to manage your finances while you are home Lots of places are trying to support you to stay at home. See what's on offer in your area.

Turn2Us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track during Covid-19 and in the future. There are benefits, grants and financial supports online .Turn2us - Fighting UK Poverty Follow this link for advice about money for carers:

Practical support

Foodbank is ready to help If you need any support with food for you and your family, Foodbank is ready to help. It has created an online system of food vouchers which the College can complete for you on your behalf. Please contact your Safeguarding Lead at College. Links to charities and organisations that can offer support during the Corona virus outbreak:

Parent/Carer Power

We recognise that during this challenging time connecting with others is an important part of maintaining positive health and well-being. Groups and organisations that will give you the opportunity to talk with people who are in the same position as you, so that you can continue to look after yourself and the people who rely on you.

The NSPCC is offering support for carers during lockdown through their website:

Wellbeing for families in Derby and Derbyshire:

Links to local support groups who offer support through their websites.

A website providing latest updates, how to talk to your young person about Coronavirus and links to Mental Health and wellbeing resources’.

Practical advice, information and support for parent carers.

Links to local support groups in the Derby and Derbyshire area: National Network of carer forums. You can find your local group here if you live outside of Derbyshire:

On a final note, the society Autistica has written an article about possible changes that could take place following the changes made to our world of work and leisure through the Coronavirus outbreak. It could herald some positive changes for young people who have difficulties navigating busy crowded places by paving the way for more online support, distance learning and understanding for people who have social difficulties. This may help your young person to embrace the positives of the situation and feel less anxious about the future.

STAY SAFE from the Derby College Group


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