Inclusion and Support


Information for Students & Parents/Carers of students with Inclusion needs (SEND) Welcome to our webpage, created specifically for our current and prospective students with Inclusion needs (SEND) and the people supporting them.

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 @DCG


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:

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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
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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.

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 (click here to download) 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.

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


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

Supporting you all the way

Our experienced and approachable staff are dedicated to your success

The Inclusion and Support Service at Derby College is here to help you maximise your potential and reach your learning goals.

We offer support on all college sites in-class, outside of the classroom, with exams and assessments and in the wider college environment. This support is to enable you to access all available opportunities and to have the most positive learning experience whilst studying at Derby College. Whatever learning difficulty or disability you may have, we can offer tailored support to match your individual needs.

We work in partnership with teaching staff, other internal services and external organisations to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is regularly reviewed and our aim, where possible, is to guide you towards independence. We are a part of the Local Offer.

Contact us

You can talk to us about your support needs before you apply to College, at enrolment or at any time during your course. We'll be happy to help.

You can contact us on 0800 028 0289 or email us at

What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014 Local Authorities, schools and colleges are required to publish and keep under review information about services available to children and young people from 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This is called the ‘Local Offer’. The intention is for children, young people, carers, parents and professionals to have access to the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding the services available.

For more information about what is available locally to Derby please follow the links:

Derby City Local Offer »

Derbyshire Local Offer »

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At Derby College we support learners with:

We can also support other specific learning difficulties. Please contact the team for more information or if you have any concerns.

Further Information »

The types of support we offer are:

  • Support at interview
  • Individual tutorials
  • In-class support (readers, scribes and prompts)
  • Mobility support
  • Note taking
  • Communication support
  • Specialist resources and equipment e.g. laptops with specialist software, dictaphones etc.
  • Counselling
  • Modification of learning materials e.g. into braille
  • Personal care
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Specialist areas on all sites

Who delivers this support?

Within the team we have experienced and qualified support workers, teachers, communicators and assessors who are committed to offering the support you need.

inclusion and support team

So that we can provide this support we will:

  • Make arrangements to support you at interview (please request this at application)
  • Meet with you to discuss your needs and complete a Support Plan
  • Attend Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) meetings and reviews (if applicable)
  • Put support in place to enable you to access the opportunities you require to achieve
  • Liaise on a regular basis with teaching staff to share the relevant information and provide updates regarding your support
  • Support teaching staff with information and training about specific learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Review the support you receive on a regular basis
  • Discuss and agree any changes that will be made to your support with you
  • Promote your independence
  • Support your achievement and progression
  • Act in an inclusive and person-centred way at all times

Preparing for an Interview?

Interviews are daunting experiences. If you would benefit from preparing your answers in advance, please download a copy of our ‘Preparing for Interview’ worksheet.

Different is Brilliant at Derby College aims to work with prospective and current students to celebrate whatmakes us brilliant: the diversity of our students and our community. Different is Brilliant supports anxious students’ transition into College, facilitates the awareness of staff and students of mental health and Autism Spectrum Conditions and celebrates all that makes us different and diverse.

During 2017 we held 3 Getting to Know College events. The aim of these events was to familiarise students and their parents/carers/supporters with the College, our support services, our students and our staff. Prospective learners who had expressed anxiety concerns or identified as being on the autistic spectrum were invited to attend these small, safe and friendly events to be introduced to the College, have a tour and take part in an open question and answer session with staff and students.

The events were led by Inclusion and Support Co-ordinators based at each Derby College campus and supported by Inclusion and Support Specialists, Education Support Workers, Communication Support Workers and students who have been supported by the Inclusion Service.

This year we also developed “College and Cake”, where staff from College visit schools and deliver a short talk, engage prospective students with interactive activities, and answer any questions prospective students or parents may have.

Every year we also do a number of personalised visits for students who require an enhanced transition into college, and plan quieter enrolment experiences on every site for any student who finds crowds, unfamiliar situations and/or noise difficult.

Take a look at our 2017 event evaluation summary. (PDF)

Take a look at our 2016 event evaluation summary. (PDF)

Carl’s successes at Derby College

Pingle School, on hearing about Carl’s successes at Derby College as our Inclusion Champion, requested if he would be prepared to visit the school to talk about his experience. Carl gracefully agreed to this and the rest is history! This is the video-log (or Vlog for those in the know!) made on the day that records Carl’s experience, and feelings, before travelling to the school, arriving at the school and then immediately following the talk.

Learner Testimonials

Laura, A Level student

I am a Deaf student who also is dyslexic, at times my confidence has been low and my study skills have been lacking. Without the support from the members of staff from Inclusion and Support at Derby College I would have never completed my course, much less with the good grades I am expecting. This invaluable support has been tailored to my needs and has enabled me to access the lesson input and achieve my full potential.

Natasha, Access to HE

You have really taught me not to be scared of maths. Thank you.

Emily, Access to HE

I can honestly say with the support I would not be as advanced in my maths as I am today, I have found the one to one support/time very valuable. After the additional support I now feel I could achieve the C grade I need to go further in my education at university. I feel confident going into my exams as the support has not only been with maths but also with my confidence towards it. I would not be where I am now without it.

Evangeline, AAT Accounting

Derby College have been excellent with the education they have given me but also their support. I have grown in confidence in the areas where I struggle such as spelling, grammar and reading.

Greg, Level 2 Travel and Tourism

One-to-one support has helped me to do my work in English and maths. Lots of nice staff and Spectrum Club has been good. Support has helped me with my work. It is good to have someone to talk to if I’m not sure about something.


Since having anxiety and not believing in myself, I feel the support I have had from Inclusion and Support has built up my confidence so much. I personally feel, as a person who has had great support, anyone who is having trouble with a specific subject or has severe confidence issues, should seek advice regarding extra help and certainly should not be afraid as you will benefit loads from it. If it was not for my additional support, I would not be the person I am today and would not be going to university.
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