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Parent Communication March 2024

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



Term Dates
Parent and Carers Consultation Evening Dates

If your student is in Year 2 – we’d like to invite you to join us at a Parents and Carers Consultation Evening.

Please note: A year 2 student is anyone studying the second year of a 2 year program. For example second year of A Levels or second year of a level 3 program.

Our Parent and Carer Consultation Evenings are a great opportunity for you to speak to your student’s teachers and discuss their progress, achievements and areas for improvement. We look forward to meeting you!

Booking is essential via our online booking system. Our online booking system is now live for the Year 2 student, November events.

Year 2 students – March – Parent and Carer Consultation events
Round House: 21st March 2024
Broomfield: 18th March 2024
The Joseph Wright Centre: 20th March 2024

Booking is essential via our online booking system. For Parents Evening Bookings please use Parents Evening Bookings

E-Scooters are not permitted on campus

Due to the health and safety concerns e-scooters present for the rider and pedestrians, e-scooters are not permitted on any DCG campus.


The Student Experience and Pastoral support teams proactively encourage and nurture students to deploy effective behaviours and attitudes, fostering understanding and preparing them as professionals at work and as social contributors in life. Student Experience and Pastoral Support Team


If your child is unable to attend College, they must inform us. They can do this by submitting an online ‘Absence Form’. STUDENT ABSENCE/LATENESS REPORTING


For up to date information on exam information and regulations during the exam, please visit the exams page. Examination Information


It’s National Careers Week: 4-11 March 2024

We’re thrilled to share The Parents’ Guide to National Careers Week, created in partnership with National Careers Week: a free guide outlining vocational options after GCSE and sixth form.

#NCW2024 gives parents a chance to learn more about different careers paths their teens can take. Find out what’s available and where it could lead. Download your copy.

The Next Steps process, for all full-time students, has begun and over the next few weeks your child 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.

Level 3, year 1 students are invited to attend A Virtual Progression Fair on Wednesday 13th March- 8.45am-1.00pm. The Fair is a great chance for your child to choose from over 40 sessions which will be delivered by representatives from a range of organisations!

The event aims to help students to gain increased knowledge about:

*Option choices – degree apprenticeships, higher education, employment at 18, self-employment and gap year opportunities
*Bespoke and niche choices – studying overseas, placements years
*Advice to move choices forward – finance, research, decision making
*Subject information – What it’s like to study at a higher level, what it can lead to
*Sector knowledge – what specific sectors are like, what roles exist
*Recruitment and selection processes associated with specific pathways and competitive pathways

This event is facilitated by higher education providers, employers, training providers and gap year specialists.

Sessions will focus on the different routes and pathways available, exploration of subjects and sectors- helping students to understand where options lead; plus, providers will be sharing insider tips to help our students be successful.

Students will be given more information about the event, and how to access it, from their personal tutor. Please ensure your child is aware and ready to participate! If you have any questions, please email

ALL students are welcome to attend our Mini Higher Education Fairs:
20th March 12.00-3.00pm in the Atrium at the Joseph Wright Centre
21st March 12.00-3.00pm in The Round at The Roundhouse

At the Fairs will be representatives from:
University of Derby, University of Loughborough, University of Nottingham, Edgehill University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Lincoln, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Staffordshire University, University of Leicester, Northampton University, De Montfort University, University of Huddersfield, DCG Higher Education team.

For Level 3, year 2 students who have applied through UCAS this year, the Student Finance online application form, for 2024-25, will go live very soon. Once live, students, and their parents/carers, can find details (plus access the online application form) here:

The closing date for completed online finance applications is in May 2024.

If you or your child require any assistance with making sense of/replying to offers on UCAS and/or Student Finance, please contact the Careers team at:


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.

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. Parent Portal

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

*Please contact the Careers team for support if required. The team can support your child with identifying which programme to apply for plus, help to check whether they meet the eligibility criteria and support them to complete the application. Contact the Careers team:


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