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The school hosts a special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) resource base for Devon; this is a specialist provision for children with complex Communication and Interaction (CI) needs.  


  • The Communication and Interaction Resource Base (CAIRB) supports the education of up to eight children with complex CI needs; the majority of whom have a diagnosis of Autism.  


  • All eight pupils have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and live within North Devon. 

  • The CAIRB supports the inclusion of pupils with complex CI needs so that they can access a mainstream primary classroom setting (see SEND Policy, Appendix 1).  


  • Devon’s SEN O-25 Team manage admissions in to the CAIRB 

We are one of six schools in the county that has a CAIRB.


This is a Devon resourced classroom within the school that provides support for children to access a mainstream primary school. 


  • The CAIRB has a Lead CAIRB Teacher and they liaise with pupils, parents, school staff and agencies, leading on the educational provision for these pupils in school.  

  • Alongside the teacher, experienced support staff will support the eight children to access mainstream teaching. 

  • There are two Meal Time Assistants (MTAs) who support children accessing the CAIRB to have full inclusion at lunchtime with their mainstream peers. 

  • The CAIRB also runs intervention activities that children can access alongside mainstream children who might also benefit from them.  

The CAIRB offers outreach and training to local schools.  This is managed in partnership with the Devon, Communication and Interaction Team. 



If you think a CAIRB place may suit the needs of your child, please contact the CAIRB Lead Teacher via the school office or the Devon SEN 0-25 Team. 


More information on the Local Authority CAIRBs can be found on the Devon Local Offer website  

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