English as an Additional Language

Aberdeenshire is home to a number of families for whom English is not their first language.

Aberdeenshire’s English as an Additional Language Service (EAL) has a consultation, advisory, training and teaching role. The EAL Service office is based in New Deer School. The EAL Team consists of a Coordinator and peripatetic teaching staff. Most staff have undertaken specialist training in Bilingual Learning.

The EAL Service works with

  • children
  • parents and carers
  • staff in schools and nurseries
  • libraries
  • staff in Community Learning Development
  • other agencies e.g. Health Visitors, Social Services
  • voluntary organisations
  • other education providers e.g. FE colleges

The EAL Service becomes involved when a referral is made to the service. This is followed by an initial assessment where the level of English and appropriate level of support is determined.

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services has developed an enrolment pack which includes guidelines for supporting bilingual learners. These have been advised by legislation and the Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services framework for supporting learners. The need for wider multi-agency support for pupils and their families is reflected in these guidelines. Following is an overview of the EAL Enrolment Pack:

EAL Enrolment Pack: What is it and what is in it?

Guidelines on supporting bilingual learners, including helpful hints, forms and advice.

Bilingual Guidelines

An introduction and overview of supporting bilingual learners.

–          Role of the school

–          Role of the EAL Service

–          Referral to the EAL Service

Seeking Support From EAL

Guidelines on accessing support from the EAL Service


Helpful Hints For Settling A Bilingual Learner

Advice on supporting a bilingual learner in settling into school

–          Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.

–          Parental involvement

–          Learning and teaching – Practical advice for teachers.

–          Additional information for pupils in secondary schools

–          Useful websites

Enrolling A Bilingual Learner

Guidelines on the process of enrolling a bilingual learner


Bilingual Learners who leave school

Guidelines on children who leave and children missing in education (CME)

EAL Enrolment Flowchart

Visual outline of good practice for enrolment


EAL Leavers Flowchart

Visual outline of good practice for when bilingual learners leave



Accompanying forms/checklists that you may need

–          EAL Pre enrolment form

–        EAL Parental letter re pupil enrolment meeting

–          EAL Request for previous reports

–          EAL Referral form

–          EAL Pupil Leaving form

–          EAL Transfer from another Aberdeenshire school

–          EAL Interpreter Request form


Enrolment Checklists

Checklists to support schools with the enrolment of bilingual pupils


–          EAL Primary Enrolment Checklist

–          EAL Secondary Enrolment Checklist


A leaflet about being bilingual is available to download in English, Polish, Russian and Chinese:

This leaflet is also available in Arabic, Bulgarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Spanish by emailing eal.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Staff development and awareness-raising underpin all work undertaken by the EAL service. Training is available to all schools through Aberdeenshire Council’s professional development programme on ALDO.

The EAL Service provides professional training and awareness raising sessions for

  • probationer and newly qualified teachers
  • staff in the pre-school sector
  • staff in schools
  • Community Learning Development staff
  • staff in other agencies including the voluntary sector
  • parents, carers and families

For more information contact:

Aberdeenshire EAL Service, New Deer School, New Deer, Turriff, AB53 6TB

Tel No. 01771 644199 eal.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

A range of resources and videos can be found on our Glow page