Information, Advice and Guidance

Information, Advice and Guidance (AIG) Advisers work with young people who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan at key transition stages between the ages of 13 and 25.

The AIG Adviser can provide impartial advice on further education, training and employment to help identify suitable options and pathways. They will be happy to meet parents in a range of settings including at school, college or at home.

If a young person already has a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) their IAG Adviser will continue to review this and support them if they think the young person needs an EHC plan to ensure they are getting the support needed to aid their progression in achieving their identified goals and aspirations as they prepare for adulthood. If a young person does not have an LDA, their IAG Adviser will carry out an IAG assessment and this will form part of the One Planning process or EHC plan.

Transition Review

Transition Reviews are designed to collect all the information that is important to the young person and then develop a plan to help them achieve their future goals. The Transition Review will look at everything from hopes, dreams and aspirations to further education, leisure, health, employment and finance.

It is the responsibility of the young person’s school to organise the Transition Review. The review meeting is crucial and parents have the right to invite anyone they feel is important from professionals to friends and relatives.


Our Family Support Advocate, Tracy Gilson (01245 491492) at Columbus will be happy to attend any meeting with you and will also help you to complete the Learning Disability Allowance form which enables funding for education post-19.

If you have a Social Worker they will also support you through transition. If eligible, the young person’s Social Services team will also support with the referral process to adult social services.

Contact Details

For more information please contact AIG. Emma Foster (07788 301602), Lee Smith (07717 814466) or Kerry Surridge, IAG Adviser (07717 814465)