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01/04/2019 - Inclusion Survey for all young people in years 7 to 13

We would like your help in understanding what it is like for SEND children and young people to grow up in Derby. So with the help of young people from St. Andrew’s and St. Martin’s School, we have developed an online survey and Guidance for advocates.

As an incentive for young people to complete the survey, they will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a £50 gift voucher. Competition terms and conditions. The closing date is Friday 7 June 2019.


26/03/2019 - Home to school transport review

The DRAFT 2019-20 Home to School Transport Assistance Policy V1 and the DRAFT 2019-20 Post 16 Transport Policy Statement V1 are reviewed annually to ensure accuracy of information and to take into account the recent statutory guidance from the Department for Education. Here is the Briefing Note - Proposed Policy Changes. We would like to ensure that the policies reflect a full picture of the support available, it would be appreciated if you could provide any feedback you may have by emailing your comments to We have set a deadline for feedback for Thursday 16 May 2019 as the final version needs to be published by May 31. 


26/03/2019 - Navigate - parent mentoring

Scope offers emotional support via it's mentoring service called 'Navigate'. It's a national telephone mentoring service to support you at the start of your journey as a parent of a disabled child. The service will put you in touch with an advisor who will listen to you and check whether the service is right for you. It’s designed to help you to talk through your feelings and let you know you’re not alone.

Apply online or telephone 0808 801 0510 or email


14/03/2019 - Review of the National Autism Strategy

The government needs your help informing the National Autism Strategy review. They are inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers to find out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers. The survey is now open for responses until 16 May 2019.


06/03/2019 - The Kidz to Adultz Middle event is 10 years old!

This free event for supports children and young people up to 25, their families and carers to discover the latest innovations, technology and services that are changing the face of the disability world, all under one roof, in a totally accessible venue.

When: Thursday 21 March 9.30am - 4.30pm

Where: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE.


15/02/2019 - Derby City Council’s Local Offer Annual Report December 2018

We have published the latest Local Offer Annual Report 2018.


28/01/2019 - Epilepsy in Infants and Young Children

Caring for a baby, infant or young child who is experiencing seizures can be distressing. The people at Young Epilepsy have created Epilepsy in Infants and Young Children: A Guide for Parents.  This guide gives parents and carers essential information about living with, and managing epilepsy in young children.


21/01/2019 - Can drumming improve brain function in 16-20 year olds with autism?

King's College London would like to invite you to participate in a research project funded by the Waterloo Foundation. Previous studies on young people without autism showed improved functional connectivity in certain areas of the brain, particularly those associated with sensory, emotional and motor co-ordination difficulties.

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please email Professor Steve Williams at


15/01/2019 - Understanding your child's diagnosis

Have you seen the new webpage we have created called 'Understanding your child's diagnosis'? We have three diagnoses there already:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Mental health and wellbeing

We are currently working on the following to be published in the future:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Other medical conditions
  • Physical need
  • Specific learning need

We would welcome your feedback on these pages or any other part of the Local Offer webpages. 


07/01/2019 - Over 80% of Derby’s two year olds access quality early years provision!

The Families Information Service has for the first time ever achieved just over 80% take up of funded two year old places in the city’s childcare settings. This means most of our eligible two year olds are getting the opportunity to access quality early years provision to better their long term outcomes.

Early learning childcare encourages children to:

  • learn
  • play
  • make new friends
  • experience new activities
  • get ready for school.

It can also help parents:

  • have more time
  • take up a college course
  • go back to work
  • meet other parents
  • get ideas of how to help your child play and learn.

With, 374 two year old’s turning three by 31/12/2018 to maintain a 80% take up level, we need to have 330 new two year old’s take up a place in January.

If you know someone with a two year old, tell them to please contact the Family Information Service on 01332 640758 to check their eligibility. They can also apply online from the comfort of home.


03/01/2019 - Happy New Year everyone!


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