English as an Additional Language

This information is for Teachers and parents

Please click on the following links to find:

EAL Guidelines and Forms

Aberdeenshire EAL advice, resources and information

EAL Training

Covid-19 Resources
Translations of letters to parents from the director click here
Parents click here
Nursery/Primary staff click here
Secondary staff 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.

COVID-19 – Resources to Support Learning at Home

Translated Letters

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 31 March 2021

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 3 March 2021

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Free School Meal Funding – 3 February 2021

Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

Free School Meal Funding – 20 January 2021

Arabic (pdf)
English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian


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

Primary / Nursery

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

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.

General Information on Free School Meals – Letter from Buchanhaven
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


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.

Resources for all Sectors

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 re. 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 re. COVID-19

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

Arabic Arabic wrong way
Arabic wrong way go back
Arabic wash hands
Arabic wait here
Arabic upstairs only
Arabic no entry
Arabic one way
Arabic please place all rubbish……
Arabic please wait here….
Arabic throw it away
Arabic keep right
Arabic keep left
Arabic hand washing
Arabic hand sanitiser
Arabic downstairs only
Arabic do not touch
Arabic cough and sneeze Arabic catch it, bin it, kill it Arabic 2 metres apart
English English 2 metres apart
English catch it, bin it, kill it
English cough and sneeze
English do not touch
English downstairs only
English hand sanitiser
English keep left
English keep right
English no entry
English one way
English please place all rubbish……
English please wait here….
English throw it away
English upstairs only
English wait here
English wash hands
English washing hands colour
English wrong way go back
English wrong way
Latvian Latvian 2 metres apart
Latvian catch it, bin it, kill it
Latvian cough and sneeze
Latvian do not touch
Latvian downstairs only
Latvian hand sanitiser
Latvian hand washing
Latvian keep left
Latvian keep right
Latvian no entry
Latvian one way
Latvian please place all rubbish……
Latvian please wait here….
Latvian throw it away
Latvian upstairs only
Latvian wait here
Latvian wash hands
Latvian wrong way go back
Latvian wrong way
Lithuanian Lithuanian 2 metres apart
Lithuanian catch it, bin it, kill it
Lithuanian cough and sneeze
Lithuanian do not touch
Lithuanian downstairs only
Lithuanian hand sanitiser
Lithuanian hand washing
Lithuanian keep left
Lithuanian keep right
Lithuanian no entry
Lithuanian one way
Lithuanian please place all rubbish……
Lithuanian please wait here….
Lithuanian throw it away
Lithuanian upstairs only
Lithuanian wait here
Lithuanian wash hands
Lithuanian wrong way go back
Lithuanian wrong way
Polish Polish 2 metres apart
Polish catch it, bin it, kill it
Polish cough and sneeze
Polish do not touch
Polish downstairs only
Polish hand sanitiser
Polish hand washing
Polish keep left
Polish keep right
Polish no entry
Polish one way
Polish please place all rubbish……
Polish please wait here….
Polish throw it away
Polish upstairs only
Polish wait here
Polish wash hands
Polish wrong way go back
Polish wrong way
Russian Russian 2 metres apart
Russian catch it, bin it, kill it
Russian cough and sneeze
Russian do not touch
Russian downstairs only
Russian hand sanitiser
Russian hand washing
Russian keep left
Russian keep right
Russian no entry
Russian one way
Russian please place all rubbish…..
Russian please wait here….
Russian throw it away
Russian upstairs only
Russian wait here
Russian wash hands
Russian wrong way go back
Russian wrong way


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

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian


A resource to support and reassure children regarding Covid 19

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

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


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

EAL Enrolment Pack: 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

This visual guide takes you through every click of how to set up a Skype meeting on your calendar and copy a link for the meeting onto the telephone interpreter booking email

Booking a telephone interpreter – A visual guide


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


Pre-Enrolment Form

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

Parental Letter Regarding Pupil Enrolment Meeting

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

Request for Previous Reports

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

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 English Latvian Lithuanian
Polish Romanian Russian  

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 several languages:



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


EAL 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. The module can be accessed here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/supportingbilingualism/

Contact Us
For more information contact:
Aberdeenshire EAL Service, New Deer School, New Deer, Turriff, AB53 6TB
Telephone  Number – 01467532100
Email – eal.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk