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Independent Advice & Guidance (IAG)

The IAG Team

As part of continuing education, schools need to provide Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) to their students and families to help them in understanding their options when they leave school.

The IAG Team are here to support students and parents with education and social destinations post Linwood School. They are based at Linwood Campus but work across all sites, including Springwood, Summerwood and CHI.

Adele Miller is the Careers and Preparation for Adulthood Lead and her contact details are below. Claire Barnett and Natasha Reeley are our IAG Support Workers.

If you wish to discuss your young person’s future, please contact:

Adele Miller (Careers and Preparation for Adulthood Lead)

Tel: 01202 525107 (Linwood Campus main reception)

Future Thoughts Coffee Mornings

The IAG Team continue to work alongside the Family Support Team to provide information for future planning for families. There will be a Future Thoughts Coffee morning every term, more information about the dates can be found on our Family Support page.

Future Pathways Event

Each year (usually in November) the IAG Team host a Future Pathways event, where providers from the local areas are invited in to Linwood Campus to provide information about their services. Information, including dates, will be sent out to families nearer to the event time.

Our Future Pathways Booklet below provides information about further education and Post School Options for Years 10, 11 & Post 16.

Future Pathways booklet

IAG Plans

Across the Linwood Campuses we strive to provide a comprehensive IAG Plan. This creates consistency and aims to provide information to parents and students about future options.

If you would like more information about IAG at Linwood School, please contact Adele Miller (details above).

Accessing careers information at home

Linwood Campuses use Job Explorer Database (JED) and StartProfile to support the Advice and Guidance and Careers Programmes implemented within Linwood.

These programmes are designed to support students as well as families by providing free access to Local Market Information (LMI), job profiles as well as the opportunity to explore job information.

If you would like to discuss either of these programmes, please contact Adele Miller (IAG Lead).

For information on how to access these programmes, please see refer to this PDF:

JED and Start access information

Local College Provisions & Open Events

Any dates and times listed are correct at the time of publication. We would always recommend that you contact the colleges to confirm dates and times of open events before travelling.

Bournemouth & Poole College – General Further Education
Tel: 01202 205205

Open Evenings are based both at Lansdowne and North Road sites – please check with the college the site you will need to visit. You need to book your place for the Open event online – please go to the college website (link above).

  • Saturday 7 October 2023 – 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday 18 October 2023 – 4pm-7pm
  • Saturday 18 November 2023 – 9am-1pm

Brockenhurst College, New Forest – General Further Education
Tel: 01590 625555

You need to book your place for the Open event online – please go to the college website (link above).

  • Wednesday 27 September 2023 4.30pm-8pm
  • Saturday 14 October 2023 – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 4 November 2023 – 9.30am-12.30pm

Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester – Agricultural Further Education
Tel: 01305 215000

  • Year 11 Foundation Learning (SEND) – Thursday 5 October 2023 – 10am start
  • Year 10 Foundation Learning (SEND) – Thursday 8 February 2024 – 10 am start
  • Sunday 24 September 2023 – 10am or 11am start
  • Sunday 15 October 2023 – 10am or 11am start
  • Saturday 11 November 2023 – 10am or 11am start
  • Sunday 10 December 2023 – 10am or 11am start
  • Sunday 21 January 2024 – 10am or 11am start
  • Saturday 9 March 2024 – 10am or 11am start
  • Sunday 21 April 2024 – 10am or 11am start
  • Sunday 19 May 2024 – 10am or 11am start

Linwood School Provisions

Please contact the campus directly to arrange a visit.


The Sheiling, Ringwood – Independent Specialist College (SEN)
Tel: 01425 477488

SWRAC (South West Regional Assessment Centre)
Watch this YouTube video about SWRAC
Tel: 01202 848099

Other colleges offering similar provisions

Please contact these colleges directly for information on open events.


Disability Rights UK – Guide to Apprenticeships

Mencap Apprenticeship Factsheet

Apprenticeship Parent Pack – October 2022 – information on becoming an apprentice and finding apprenticeships in UK.

Work Experience

Work Experience at Linwood School is an important part of the students preparation for adulthood. Currently, Linwood students have the opportunities to participate in internal work experience. Each campus currently organises work experience opportunities (internal and external) with external work experience being based on volunteering opportunities as a class group. If you would like more information about each class’ work experience opportunities please contact the relevant campus.

Are you an employer?

Are you able to help? As a school we like to provide a variety of opportunities for our students, which includes input from employers. If you feel that you would be able to offer a work experience opportunity or would be happy to speak to students about what your company / job is, please contact Adele Miller to discuss.


Some volunteer positions require the individual to be 18 or over – for more information about how to access volunteering opportunities, please contact Adele Miller to discuss.

Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Service

Post 19 – Moving on from Linwood

Below is the Post 19 Information Booklet for Young People and their Parents/Carers.

Post 19 Information Booklet

Useful Links

icould – an online charity providing career ideas and information for young people.

National Careers Service – provide information, advice and guidance on learning, training and work.

Prospects – matches your skills and personality to 400+ job profiles.

Start – a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

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