Early Intervention in Education (EIT)

The Early Intervention Team (EIT) works with Bexley schools supporting children aged 3 to 18 who need extra help to thrive and progress in school.

The team’s role is to provide additional support to referred children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Additional Educational Needs (AEN), and advice and training to school staff.

The team is staffed by the following specialists:

  • Team managers
  • Educational Psychologists(EPs)
  • Social Emotional Mental Health ( SEMH) Support Teachers
  • Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Support Assistant
  • AEN/SEN Partner
  • SEN Strategic Support Partners
  • Social Workers

Certain staff are bought in by schools and so may not be available to some schools or academies.

The EIT support schools with the following:

  • children who are failing to thrive or make progress in school because of issues with special educational needs, or social emotional difficulties
  • children whose lack of progress at school stems from a number of different factors that should be addressed in a co-ordinated way
  • deal with issues as soon as possible, to prevent more serious problems developing
  • help schools and teaching staff with problem-solving
  • at times working with parents and carers
  • provide specialist guidance and support where this is needed which will, at times, include training for school staff

As well as supporting children and families in terms of early intervention, team members will also:

  • support the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process for individual children and young people
  • support the work with children at risk of exclusion
  • Support pre-school children with complex needs through the educational psychology service

Links with other services

EIT team members work closely with other professionals such as:

  • CAMHS
  • Health, example, Speech and Language Therapy, Community Paediatric service, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy
  • Education Welfare
  • parenting support groups
  • Moorings
  • Specialist Teacher Service
  • social care
  • the SEN department
  • London Borough of Bexley officers working on education inclusion

Referral to the Early Intervention Team

  • referral is via the school (usually the member of staff coordinating Special Educational Needs)
  • after parental consent is gained, children are discussed at regular meetings the schools hold with the team (usually termly)
  • EIT staff will provide advice and recommend a course of action that the school could follow
  • children may be supported by particular members of the team as needed (parental consent will be gained prior to their involvement)
  • decisions are fed back to parents

Schools will normally contact parents or carers if they feel a child would benefit from discussion at an EIT meeting, but parents or carers can ask the school if they wish their child’s name to be raised (though this decision will be at the discretion of the school).

Schools may make emergency referrals to the team under the following circumstances:

  • there is a child / young person new to the school with difficulties
  • in cases where  a child / young person experiences a sudden accident or illness
  • when a child / young person is experiencing traumatic life events

Schools needing advice or support in an emergency should contact the EIT manager responsible for their school who will be able to advise accordingly.

Any queries should be sent to earlyintervention.team@bexley.gov.uk.

More information can be found on Bexley Local Offer.