Inclusion and Support

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.

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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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