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Parent Communication March 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

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

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

Revision and Exam Tips

Our revision and exam tips aim to help your student prepare for their upcoming exams, giving them tips on: ways to revise, things to consider when creating a revision timetable and who they can go to for help when they need it. Revision and Exam tips – DCG (

Dropping off students near the Joseph Wright Centre

If you need to drop your student off at The Joseph Wright Centre, please do not do so at the end of Willows Row. We have received a number of complaints concerning restricted access to residential car parks and the ambulance station. Please drop your student off in a safe manner, even if that means a longer walk for the student.


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:

The Next Steps process, for all full-time students has begun and over the next few weeks your student will talk to their personal tutor about plans for their next step.

The Careers team are on hand to support this process and to help students to explore options and make next step decisions.

We held an Online Progression Fair for all Level 3, year 1 students this week. The Fair was a great chance for your student to choose from over 60 varied sessions, delivered by representatives from over 40 organisations! The event supported students to make informed choices about their next steps. Sessions focussed on the different routes and pathways available, exploration of subjects and sectors – helping students to understand where options lead; plus, providers shared insider tips to help our students be successful.

Participating organisations included: a range of Russell Group institutions: the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Birmingham. Providers of specialist courses included; Falmouth, Bangor, Harper Adams, BIMM and Northern Arts and those institutions popular with our students such as De Montfort University, Sheffield Hallam University, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby.

Industry was represented with employers including Rolls Royce, DHL, Derbyshire Police and Alstom in attendance. UCAS Discover Derby Event

A similar event to our Progression Fair, suitable for students of all levels, is The UCAS Discover Derby Event. This is being held at Derby Arena, Pride Park on Thursday 16th (9.30am-3.00pm) and Friday 17th March (8.30am-5.00pm).

The event is free and will give students/parents/carers the chance to discover a wide range of post-18 progression options- from Higher Education to apprenticeships and employment: with over 100 organisations in attendance.

Students, and their parent/carers, can find out more about the event, UCAS Discovery Derby 2023 | Exhibition | UCAS and book to attend UCAS Discovery Derby 2023 | UCAS

UCAS Advice for Parents

Apprenticeship? University? College? Straight into work?

Helping your child decide what’s right for their future after school or college isn’t easy.
UCAS has a whole section on their website containing lots of information for parents and carers – visit the UCAS Advice for parents web pages Advice For Parents And Guardians | UCAS | Parent Guide To University You can also sign up for the UCAS Monthly Parent Newsletter to get updates and all the information you need, along with timely explanations of the application process. Sign up for our parent newsletter | | UCAS

For Level 3, year 2 students who have applied through UCAS this year – the Student Finance online application form, for 2023-24, is NOW LIVE!

Students and their parents/carers can find out details and plus access the online application form here

The closing date for completed online finance applications is 19th May 2023.


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