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Parent Communication September 2022

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Current students at DCG

Term Dates

Parents Evening Dates

Prospective students of DCG

DCG Open Days

PARENT AND CARER WELCOME EVENTS

FOR THE PARENTS AND CARERS OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Our Parent and Carer Welcome Events are a great opportunity for you to visit the College. You’ll get to see the site your child studies at and speak to support and teaching staff. Please visit the links below to find out more and book your place.
Times: 17:00 – 18:30

Year 1 Students

The Joseph Wright Centre – 3rd October 2022
The Roundhouse – 4th October 2022
Broomfield Hall – 5th October 2022

PARENTS CONSULTATION EVENINGS

Parents Consultation Evenings are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teacher to discuss their progress on their course.

Year 2 students

The Roundhouse – 15th November 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 16th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 17th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 24th January 2023
The Roundhouse – 25th January 2023
The Joseph Wright Centre – 26th January 2023
Virtual catch-ups (on Teams or Phone) – 13th – 17th March 2023

Year 1 students

The Roundhouse – 6th December 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 7th December 2022
Broomfield Hall – 8th December 2022

We hold Parents and Carers Evenings throughout the year. We will be sending you more information and details of how to book onto our Parents Consultation Evenings soon.

Message from Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive

I am delighted to welcome you to the new academic year at Derby College Group (DCG). It has been a busy summer at DCG enrolling new students online and preparing for the new academic year ahead.

For Year 1 students these first weeks of term are classed as an induction period. Your child will have received an introduction to their study programme, been given access to an online student handbook, their own Derby College email address and access to our online learning space, Moodle. They will also have been allocated a personal coach who will work with them throughout their time at College and help ensure they achieve a positive destination after their study programme.

You may be aware that the University and College Union (UCU) have announced ten days of strike action in the coming weeks.

Intended dates for the affected employees to take part in the action are:

  • Monday 26, Tuesday 27, and Wednesday 28 September
  • Thursday 6, Friday 7 October
  • Monday 10, Tuesday 11 October
  • Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2022

Whilst we are empathetic to the position of our UCU colleagues, we are committed to ensuring the education of students continues during strike days and the College will remain open.

We will endeavour to minimise the impact on your young person’s education. There may be some lessons that feel a little different during a strike but it remains vital that every student attends all timetabled lessons. College support services will continue to be available to support students in the usual way.

We would be grateful if you would reinforce the importance of attending college and all timetabled sessions.

Finally, we share UCUs concerns around funding for the further education sector and the College continues to join with others to lobby government to increase funding for colleges.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ENROL

IF YOUR CHILD HAS ALREADY APPLIED FOR A STUDY PROGRAMME…

Your child will be receiving emails providing them with instructions on how to start their online enrolment.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS NOT YET APPLIED …

To start the enrolment process your child must first apply online, find out how to apply online.

Rest assured all applications are being processed and we’ll be in touch whenever there are updates. Please make sure your child checks their Inbox (don’t forget to check the spam/junk folder too!).

All Applicants set up an ‘InTouch Account’ with us. Your child can check the progress of their application via their account and can contact us with any questions by logging into their InTouch portal.

If you need to contact us directly about your child’s application, you can call us on 0800 028 0289.

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

FREE Gaming and Gambling Awareness Workshops

YGAM want to support you to have meaningful interactions with your children, covering the topics of gaming and gambling with the aim of preventing future harms.

YGAM deliver workshops to both parents and those supporting children in care. Find out more about and book a session Workshops Archive – Parents.Ygam

Will your child be requesting the same exam support as they had at school? Your child will need to provide a copy of one of the following from their previous school or centre of learning before we can review access arrangements for them at College:

  • Form 8 report
  • Access Arrangements Online (AAO) approval
  • Centre File Note
  • Confirmation of your previous exam access arrangements (on letter headed paper or an email from previous school/centre of learning)
  • EHCP

The deadline for you providing this evidence is October Half Term.

Please contact your school or previous centre as soon as possible. Ask the SENCO / Head of Centre for exams to give you a copy of your evidence.

Exam access arrangements from school do not automatically carry over to college. We will need to meet with you to review your arrangements after we have received your information from school/previous centre.

Please email your evidence to: EAA@derby-college.ac.uk or take your evidence to the Inclusion Base Room at your site.

Evidence provided after the deadline will not be processed and appeals will not be possible.

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