English as an Additional Language

This information is for Teachers and parents

Please click on the following links to find:

EAL Guidelines and Forms

Translated Information

Aberdeenshire EAL Advice, Resources and Information

EAL Training

Covid-19 Resources

Translations of letters to parents from the director click here

Parents click here

Resources for all Sectors click here

Parents click here for more information about living and working in North East Scotland (translated into other languages) Parents translated info on Settled status links

Posters EUSS Posters GREC VersionPDF’s.zip

Further translated information and advice on settled status is available on this link Citizens Rights Project (shared) (padlet.com)

What is the EAL Service?

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

How does the Service Work?

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.

Contact Us

For more information contact:
Aberdeenshire EAL Service, New Deer School, New Deer, Turriff, AB53 6TB
Telephone  Number – 01467 532100
Email – eal.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

EAL Guidelines and Forms

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

EAL Guidelines – Accessing Interpreting and Translation Services

Advice for schools on using Interpreting and translation services

Here is a help guide on how to use a telephone interpreter in an emergency, or if you would like to book a telephone interpreter for a planned call

Using a telephone interpreter in school

A step by step guide on how to use telephone interpreting

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

English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL Guidelines



Accompanying Forms/Checklists That You May Need


Pre-Enrolment Form

English / Dari / Latvian / Lithuanian / Mandarin / Pashto / Polish  / Portuguese / Romanian / Russian / Spanish / Ukrainian


Parental Letter Regarding Pupil Enrolment Meeting

English /Dari / Latvian / Lithuanian / Mandarin Pashto / Polish  /Portuguese / Russian / Romanian / Spanish / Ukrainian

Request for Previous Reports

English / Latvian / Lithuanian / Mandarin / Polish / Portuguese / Russian / Romanian / Spanish

Information Card (to encourage new school to confirm a child has enrolled)

Bulgarian / English / Latvian / Punjabi / Russian / Spanish

EAL Privacy Notice
EAL Referral Form
EAL Pupil Leaving Form
EAL Transfer from Another Aberdeenshire School Form

EAL Interpreter Request Form

Book a telephone interpreter

Send details of the call to the EAL Service so we can process payment

To make the telephone interpreting process easier we have created a letter, below, that can be sent home to check parent availability for a call. You school would enter the relevant dates and then the parent should highlight the date/time that they can manage and return the letter to the school.

Arabic Dari English Latvian
Lithuanian Pashto Polish Romanian
Russian Ukrainian    

Enrolment Checklists (Checklists to support schools with the enrolment of bilingual pupils)

EAL Primary Enrolment Checklist
EAL Secondary Enrolment Checklist

Translated Information

Be Bilingual
A leaflet about being bilingual. Children should be encouraged to use L1 at home.

Free School Meals Information Leaflet
Information for parents on accessing free school meals.

Ipay information
How to pay schools online

Early Years applications & P1 registrations for 2022-23

Visual Guide to applying for Early Learning and Childcare for 2022-23




Arabic Early Years and P1 application information

Arabic 2 year old applications

Arabic Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

Arabic P1 Registration









Chinese (simplified)


Chinese (simplified)













English Early Years and P1 application information

English Early Years Applications

English 2 year old applications

English Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

English P1 Registration












Latvian Early Years and P1 application information

Latvian 2 year old applications

Latvian Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

Latvian P1 Registration




Lithuanian Early Years and P1 application information

Lithuanian 2 year old applications

Lithuanian Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

Lithuanian P1 Registration








Polish Early Years and P1 application information

Polish 2 year old applications

Polish Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

Polish P1 Registration












Romanian Early Years and P1 application information




Russian Early Years and P1 application information

Russian 2 year old applications

Russian Early Years (Age 3-4) applications

Russian P1 Registration


















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

 Online Training

Education Scotland has developed an online training module in partnership with Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and Glasgow City Council to support the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.

COVID-19 – Resources to Support Learning at Home

Translated Letters

Letter from Anne-Marie Davies Macleod – Update on Free School Meals, School Clothing Grants and Child Bridging Payments

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Romanian Russian Ukrainian  

Letter from Anne-Marie Davies Macleod – Storm Malik / Corrie – Updates for Families Eligible for Free School Meals

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Anne-Marie Davies Macleod – Free School Meals Bridging Payments – December 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Laurence Findlay – Covid 19 – 1 November 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Anne-Marie Davies Macleod – Free School Meal Payments – September 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Vincent Docherty – 02 September 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 11 August 2021 

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Update on Free School Meals, Clothing Grants and Family Pandemic Payments – June 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 31 March 2021

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Free School Meal Funding – 3 February 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

General Information on Free School Meals

These letters were produced by Buchanhaven primary school. They are to communicate information regarding free school meals. Translations available in Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian. Please enter information relevant to your school in the highlighted sections.

  • Free School Meals Parent Support – Whole School
Russian English Latvian Polish
Czech Estonian Hungarian Mandarin
  • Free School Meals Parent Support – Target Families 2
English Lithuanian Russian
Latvian Polish Czec
Estonian Hungarian Mandarin

1140hrs Letter

This letter was produced by Kellands School nursery to detail arrangements for offers of early years places. The translation is in Arabic with highlighted sections to allow you to edit any information that may differ. Highlights are colour coded to help you find the correct place.

English Arabic

Covid Resources for Teachers

Resources for all Sectors

Supporting Learning at Home is further resources and translated videos to support families with online learning.
More advice for teachers

Top Tips for Learners

These resources came from Moray EAL Service – these are translated advice for pupils who are returning to school – most useful for pupils who are literate in their first language. Find more languages and other resources on Moray EAL Service’s Glow Blog page under Covid-19 updates. https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/my/MorayEALServiceBlog/

Arabic English Polish

Translated COVID-19 Infographics in a Wide Range of Languages


Translated Comments Regarding COVID-19

Please check out https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/as/ealaberdeenshire/learning-at-home/ for a table of comments you can copy and paste to support communication with parents.

Translated Signage Regarding COVID-19

Signage with translations in Arabic, English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian







English 2 metres apart

Arabic 2 metres apart

Latvian 2 metres apart

Lithuanian 2 metres apart

Polish 2 metres apart

Russian 2 metres apart

English wrong way

Arabic wrong way

Latvian wrong way

Lithuanian wrong way

Polish wrong way

Russian wrong way

English wrong way go back

Arabic wrong way go back

Latvian wrong way go back

Lithuanian wrong way go back

Polish wrong way go back

Russian wrong way go back

English wash hands

Arabic wash hands

Latvian wash hands

Lithuanian wash hands

Polish wash hands

Russian wash hands

English wait here

Arabic wait here

Latvian wait here

Lithuanian wait here

Polish wait here

Russian wait here

English upstairs only

Arabic upstairs only

Latvian upstairs only

Lithuanian upstairs only

Polish upstairs only

Russian upstairs only

English no entry

Arabic no entry

Latvian no entry

Lithuanian no entry

Polish no entry

Russian no entry

English one way

Arabic one way

Latvian one way

Lithuanian one way

Polish one way

Russian one way

English please place all rubbish……

Arabic please place all rubbish……

Latvian please place all rubbish……

Lithuanian please place all rubbish……

Polish please place all rubbish……

Russian please place all rubbish…..

English please wait here….

Arabic please wait here….

Latvian please wait here….

Lithuanian please wait here….

Polish please wait here….

Russian please wait here….

English throw it away

Arabic throw it away

Latvian throw it away

Lithuanian throw it away

Polish throw it away

Russian throw it away

English keep right

Arabic keep right

Latvian keep right

Lithuanian keep right

Polish keep right

Russian keep right

English keep left

Arabic keep left

Latvian keep left

Lithuanian keep left

Polish keep left

Russian keep left

English washing hands colour

Arabic hand washing

Latvian hand washing

Lithuanian hand washing

Polish hand washing

Russian hand washing

English hand sanitiser

Arabic hand sanitiser

Latvian hand sanitiser

Lithuanian hand sanitiser

Polish hand sanitiser

Russian hand sanitiser

English downstairs only

Arabic downstairs only

Latvian downstairs only

Lithuanian downstairs only

Polish downstairs only

Russian downstairs only

English do not touch

Arabic do not touch

Latvian do not touch

Lithuanian do not touch

Polish do not touch

Russian do not touch

English cough and sneeze

Arabic cough and sneeze 

Latvian cough and sneeze

Lithuanian cough and sneeze

Polish cough and sneeze

Russian cough and sneeze

English catch it, bin it, kill it

Arabic catch it, bin it, kill it 

Latvian catch it, bin it, kill it

Lithuanian catch it, bin it, kill it

Polish catch it, bin it, kill it

Russian catch it, bin it, kill it

Covid Resources for Parents

FAQs About Changes to Schools and Schooling in 2020 Because of the Coronavirus Epidemic

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Primary/Nursery Parents

Aberdeenshire EAL – Resources to support learning while at home – Primary Nursery

Early Years Activities

Below you will find translated letter ( 10 languages) to early years parents with good activities to do with children during lockdown. This resource was produced by Moray EAL Service.

Arabic Bangla Bulgarian
Chinese – simplified English with Polish websites English without Polish sites
Hungarian Lithuanian Polish
Portuguese Romanian Spanish

A resource to support and reassure children regarding Covid 19

My Hero is You

Storybook for Children on COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation.

Children’s stories (Stay Home Superheroes)

These stories are translated into various languages, plus there’s a video in BSL for deaf children.


Mantra Lingua are offering free access to ebooks in 37 languages. These are great for reading at home and developing question and answer skills with your children. You can ask questions about the story in your first language and this will give them a great foundation to build their English reading comprehension skills.  Please note that the confirmation code email seems to go to your spam/junk email folder.

Secondary Parents

Aberdeenshire EAL – Resources to support learning while at home – Secondary

See Mantra Lingua above for some books appropriate for early Secondary

Immersive Reader

Please see a fantastic video (open in Chrome) one of our colleagues in Moray did about the use of immersive reader. It can be sent to students, teachers and parents.

Covid Resources for Parents

Translated information from the NHS

The NHS have translated information about Covid-19.

Translated info on self-isolation

The NHS have translated information about Covid-19 Self Isolation

Translated guides on how to take a PCR Test

Belarus Bulgarian Kazakh
Nepali Polish Romanian
Romanian (Moldova) Russian Ukraine

As with the English version, the files can be downloaded here

Domestic Abuse Advice for Parents

English Arabic

Internet Safety

Google have resources on internet safety in some languages. You can find some more languages by  scrolling to the bottom of the page when you visit the site. The following are some of the most common languages in Aberdeenshire:


Educational Psychology

The Educational Psychology Service have developed leaflets for parents in different languages.  The Children and Young People and The Parent and Carer leaflets are available in Arabic, Russian, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian by clicking on the following links:



Help NALDIC in a Collaborative Research Project

Are you a #multilingual family in the UK or Ireland? How is the #lockdown affecting your children’s use of English and their other language(s)?   Take part in this collaborative research project to help NALDIC learn about supporting bilingual families.

Education and Working Together – Your Rights

Theses are translated information on parents rights and how to work with schools.

Arabic English Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian