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Introduction to the Enable Inclusion Team (EIT)

EIT is part of Enable Trust and is a team of five psychologists who work with children, adolescents, families and schools to support positive, meaningful, inclusive and values-consistent engagement in education.  The team uses an evidence-based, person-centred, values-based wellbeing model called DNA-V to support positive outcomes for the children and young people with whom they work.  See DNA-V Model of Psychological Flexibility | DNA-V International ( for more information about DNA-V.

EIT works primarily to support young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education and also young people who are anxious about, and avoidant of, school (often termed EBSA – Emotionally-Based School Avoidant).  The primary purpose of EIT is to support the creation of educational contexts for these groups of students to thrive, prosper and engage in successful, inclusive educational experiences, in line with the SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2015) and the recent SEND Green Paper (DfE, 2022).

EIT is one of seven pathways currently being funded within the region for a three-year period, through NHS England’s Vanguard.  EIT have been awarded funding to work in South Gloucestershire Local Area for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 school years and will be a regional service (that is, across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset Local Areas) for the 2024/25 school year.

EIT’s local offers include:

  1. Intensive, holistic, community-based therapeutic support for children, families and school where a young person is at risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream school.
  2. Intensive, holistic, community-based therapeutic support for children, families and school where a young person is presenting as anxious about, and avoidant of, school (EBSA).
  3. Training, supervision and drop-in support for secondary schools around evidence-base approaches to supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.  This support is offered as part of our CRISSP project (Coaching for Resilience in Secondary Schools Project).  This is a lower-intensity form of support than those described in (1) and (2), above.
  4. Training and support in the implementation of trauma-informed, positive behaviour management systems in schools (known as School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support – see Center on PBIS | School-Wide for more information).
Meet the team

Dr Duncan Gillard
Lead Psychologist

Dr Owen Cogan
Practitioner Psychologist 

Dr Sophie Hopkins
Practitioner Psychologist 

Dr Megan Taylor

Practitioner Psychologist 

Ben Anderson

Assistant Psychologist

How can I access support from EIT for an individual young person?

Direct, individualised support for students from EIT is negotiated at High Risk Group (HRG).  For more information on this, please contact Ali Ford (SEND & Inclusion Partnerships Officer) at

If you are requesting support from EIT for a child with an existing Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), please complete this form and return it to the email address at the top of the form, with any accompanying documents you wish to include.  As per the information on the form, please ensure relevant consents are sought and included before sharing completed forms with EIT.  Please note that as EIT is funded as an early intervention service for students at risk of exclusion, support for students with EHCPs will be subject to service capacity.  Further, we are unable to consider any requests unless there is clear evidence of graduated response to meeting needs, leading to ongoing concerns about placement vulnerability.

Where Can I Find Out More?

For more information about the EIT, please contact the team at