Monday, September 25, 2017

The C&IRB welcomes young people who have Communication & Interaction difficulties as their primary need. It provides support in the development of skills, differentiated access to education and preparation for life long learning. We offer a specialised learning programme, designed around the interests, skills and aspirations of our young people.


What does your service do?

What is the key purpose of your service and how does it contribute to better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families? What are the typical activities that you do? Do you have any limitations on the amount of time your service will support a child or young person? Do you provide any on-going support?


Students are encouraged in designing their own programmes to improve skill, knowledge and understanding.

Students work in small groups and individually with staff wherever learning takes place.

The CAIRB team form part of a wider Communication team at Tiverton High School. Staff are highly skilled and committed to supporting young people with Communication and Interaction Difficulties.

We have a multi- agency approach to our support incorporating a variety of therapeutic interventions.

We value the relationships with families, children and young people and the wider team around the individual.


Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

Where are your main locations and do you work across the whole local authority area? Are there any differences in your offer in different parts of the local authority area?


The C&IRB is located on the Tiverton High School site.We work with the Local Authority across the region. Our Service Level Agreement is standard across the county however there are local variations in provision in order to best respond to need.


Who does your service provide for?

What types of need and age ranges do you cover? What are the eligibility criteria to use your service? Are there any types of disabilities that you do not provide for?


We welcome young people in Year 7 with a Communication and Interaction Need. Children and Young People who are given a place would be expected to have an Educational, Health, Care Plan.

The C&IRB also offers support to children with Communication and Interaction Needs to mainstream provision within the locality.


How can I start using the service?

Can I make direct contact myself or would there need to be a referral from someone else and if so, who? Do you charge for the service and if so, what are the costs? Can I use my personal budget to pay for the service or to add to the service? Are there any waiting lists and if so, how long are they?



We are always willing to answer initial queries or informally discuss the possibility of attending the C&IRB. Parents are invited to visit settings on arranged visits. The places are funded by the local authority and the final decision will rest with them in consultation with the host school. The C&IRB staff will facilitate an enhanced transition prior to admission.

We have capacity for eight students.

Schools within the locality can refer into the central Communication and Interaction Team for support, advice, guidance and training from Specialist Teachers.


How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

What are your usual methods of seeking the views of service users? Do you use any specialist communication system e.g signing? What leaflets and information do you have? How does the service communicate with parent carers whose first language is not English? How will I know how well my child or young person is doing? Do you offer any parent training or learning events?


Students’ aspirations are the core around which we work with families, carers and other professionals in preparing for the future.


Is your service fully accessible?

Is the building fully wheelchair accessible? Have there been improvements in the auditory and visual environment? Are there disabled changing and toilet facilities? Do you have a changing places facility? What support is there for a child with additional needs in general areas e.g waiting rooms? How will my child or young person be able to access all of the activities of the service and how will you assist him or her to do so?


Tiverton High School outlines our commitment to a fully accessible school via our accessibility plan.



What training are the staff supporting young people with SEND had or are having?

Are there any specialist staff? Do any other services work closely with yours?


Staff in the C&IRB have completed ASC training provided by the C&I Team in addition to the TA training provided in line with the school's Appraisal system. 


Who can I contact for further information?


Who would be my first point of contact if I want to discuss something about my child/young person? Who else has a role in my child’s/young person support? Who can I talk to if I am worried? Who should I contact if I am considering whether child/young person would benefit from the service?


Any member of the SEND team will be happy to answer general questions about the C&IRB. For more detailed information please contact Mrs. Jen Shute.




Mrs. Jen Shute

Teacher for Autism





















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