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Parent Communication February 2023

Stay in touch with what is happening across the Derby College Group


Current students at DCG

Term Dates

Parents Evening Dates

Prospective students of DCG

DCG Open Days

Parent and Carer Support

Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group…

We have created a Parent and Carer Support Group on Facebook, as a place for you to:

  • Access resources and content related to well-being, careers, study skills
  • Ask questions and offer suggestions related to College • Network and support other parents and carers.

The page is managed by the Student Pastoral Coaches from each campus who can answer your queries. Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group

How to check your childs progress, attendance and targets – Access the Parents Portal

We have a dedicated online Parents Portal for you to log onto. The Parents Portal enables you to view your child’s live attendance, progress reports and SMART Targets. Access the Parents Portal Please note: some parents may not have access to parent portal due to consent not being given. If your child would like to give you consent to access the portal they need to visit Student Services.

Parent Voice

Your views matter to us and the feedback you provide will help us shape the service we provide your son, daughter or child in your care at Derby College. If you would like to tell us your views please email Parent Voice

Student Bursary’s

Here at DCG, we are committed to helping our students overcome any financial barriers which might prevent them from making the most of their educational opportunities.

If money troubles do start to affect studies with Derby College Group, students could receive additional financial support with study-related costs such as equipment, trips and travel.

If your household income is below £25,500 AFTER tax or if you, are in receipt of Universal Credit or Tax Credits, your young person may be eligible for a student bursary to help with the cost of travel to and from college, lunch while you they are at college and uniform, PPE or text books.

If you have not yet applied and you think you may be eligible, please email the student’s name, ID number and the site they attend to


Are you thinking about getting back into education? Take a look below at some events we have coming up which may be of interest to you…

Animal Care, Equine and Zoo – Higher Education Open Day

Looking to study further in Animal Care, Equine or Zoo studies? Pre-register for the Broomfield Hall Open Day to have a look around the site, meet the staff and find out about the exciting Higher Education. Location: Broomfield Hall Date: 11-02-2023 Time: 10am-2pm Find out more and pre-register.

Equine Careers Fair

Are you passionate about the equine industry but don’t know what to do? Then come along to our equine careers fair and find a career for you! Location: Broomfield Hall, Equestrian Centre Date: 16-02-2023 Time: 11am – 2pm Find out more and pre-register.

The Community College Ilkeston

Open Evening Adult Learning Opportunities Date: 29-03-2023 Time: 5pm – 6.30pm We’ve got an exciting range of adult learning courses for those who want to get back into education, refresh their knowledge or are looking for a new hobby. Find out more and pre-register.

View all of our upcoming events

Parent/Carers Awareness Sessions at DCG

DATE: Wednesday 8th March 2023
TIME: 4pm – 6:30pm
LOCATION: The Roundhouse

Parent/Carers Awareness Sessions at DCG offer parents/carers the opportunity to access a range of free informative Awareness Sessions. During the evening you will have the opportunity to ask questions, gain practical guides, and get to know the support on offer for your young people. There are limited spaces at this event and booking is essential. Book your tickets via eventbrite. Derby College Group Parent/Carers Awareness Sessions Tickets, Wed 8 Mar 2023 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

We’re Hiring! Sessional Exam Invigilators

The Exams Team at Derby College is seeking individuals with strong organisational and interpersonal skills to become Invigilators.

As an Invigilator, you will support the administration, invigilation, and reading/scribing of exams while ensuring they follow regulatory requirements.

Full training will be provided, with ongoing training to keep you updated on procedures and regulations. Ideal candidates will have flexibility, a good understanding of teamwork and customer service, and an attention to detail.

The role is sessional and paid hourly, allowing for a flexible work schedule.

£11 Per hour / Hours available throughout the whole year.

If this is of interest to you, please reach out to Lucy Hanson at or find out more

Coming Soon! Revision Sessions

With the summer GCSE exams fast approaching, we have different intervention strategies available to all students to build confidence and get them ready for exams!

Please ask your student to look out for news on our fun and exciting revision sessions happening over Easter and May half term.

Please also remind your student that the DCG Maths and English coaches are available for small group work or one to ones around their timetables.

Exam Information

For up to date information on upcoming exams at DCG please visit the Exams pages on the DCG website.

Safer Internet Day 2023

7th February was Safer Internet Day 2023,.with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In the UK, we are celebrating by putting children and young people’s voices at the heart of the day and encouraging them to shape the online safety support that they receive.

That is why we are asking parents, carers, teachers, government, policymakers, and the wider online safety industry to take time to listen to children and young people and make positive change together.

Visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website for more information.


The College Careers team can support all students with a range of things, including: making decisions about their next step options, ways to identify and develop their strengths, skills and abilities in relation to their next step; plus, practical help with making applications and preparing CVs.

To book a Careers appointment for support with a range of careers issues, including Next Steps guidance and option choices, students, or their parents/carers, can email:

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! – 6th – 12th February 2023

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) brings together businesses and potential apprentices to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy and gives future apprentices top tips on how to apply and how to succeed!

Activities and events, as part of NAW, will be taking place throughout the week in College for students. To find out more about the national week visit the National Apprenticeship Week website for more information.

You might like to attend one of the National Apprenticeships Week virtual events that are taking place online with exciting sessions from a range of national employees including; National Grid, Bentley Motors, Severn Trent, GCHQ, Network Rail and many more. Find out more information Events | National Apprenticeship Week

Brilliant events planned for National Apprenticeship Week to showcase incredible opportunities – DCG (

Derby College Group is delighted to be playing a significant part in National Apprenticeship Week. The week is dedicated to the celebration of apprenticeships and supporting the apprentices. It recognises the amazing and positive impact they have on local employers and the local economy.

A packed week is planned for the students, with a full programme of activities including competitions, a market stall style event and an exciting showcase.

The week is being supported by numerous employers including Derby Homes, Balfour Beatty, Flowerworld, Derby City Council, Alstom, Hodgkinson Builders and DHL, all offering a wide range of apprenticeships.

Our top five tips to help your child find an apprenticeship:

  1. Register with DCG apprenticeship team and on the National Apprenticeship website nd other quality providers, such as Rate My Placement
  2. Look for opportunities in your area by using social media and connecting to employers who offer apprenticeships.
  3. Keep searching regularly. Companies advertise apprenticeship vacancies all year round.
  4. Research chosen industry and role by using the ‘Explore Careers’ section of the National Careers Service website
  5. Prepare a CV: advice can be found on the following websites National Careers Service

Prospects and, by using KUDOS via the ‘My Career’ section of the College’s Moodle site.

You can download the Parent/Carer Apprenticeships Tips Guide, to help you to support your student. And check out the UCAS Ultimate Guides — Finding an apprenticeship (


More information for Parents and Carers can be found on the DCG website.