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Parent & Families

Who can you seek help and support from?

My name is Claire Porter and my role in school is to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children and young adults in all aspects of their lives.

I hope to develop positive working relationships with parents by providing help and support for the whole family.


Areas in which I can support are:

  • Signposting to different organisations / support groups
  • Completing referrals to multi-agencies including The Light House, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Wheelchair Services, and many more.
  • Completing and leading on Early Help
  • Accessing potential charities for holidays, advice and equipment
  • Accessing carer benefit cards providing discounts etc.
  • Accessing out of school provisions
  • Supporting transition
  • Post provision advice and support
  • Food Banks

Support can be offered in the form of:

  • Home visits
  • Meetings (Informal / formal)
  • Telephone calls
  • Coffee Mornings / Parent Events

 Coffee Mornings

We will be holding regular coffee mornings in school. All parents and carers are welcome. We will be having guest speakers from different agencies and fun stay and play sessions.

We will advertise dates of the next Coffee Mornings and Workshops through the school newsletter, text service and website. So please keep checking back for further updates.


Mental Health & Well-being

Derby SEND Healthy Minds Group

The Derby SEND Healthy Minds Network is made up of representatives from Derby City’s Special Schools. Their aim is to improve support for children and young people in Derby City with SEND around their emotional well-being.

Please visit the following website for more information on parent support, sibling support, mindfulness and calming strategies and Emotional Mental Health; Calm, Concern, Crisis.