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)
  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


Letter from Laurence Findlay – 24 June 2020

Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 5 August 2020

Arabic Latvian Lithuanian Polish Russian
Arabic English Latvian Lithuanian Polish Russian

Letter from Laurence Findlay – 20 August 2020

Arabic Arabic (PDF) English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Letter from Julia Matthew – 29 June 2020

Arabic (pdf) Arabic English Latvian
Lithuanian Polish Russian

Letter to Parents – ELC Reopening – August 2020

Arabic Arabic 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. eBooks 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. Free school meals letters 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 https://covid19graphics.info/ 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


A resource to support and reassure children regarding Covid 19 Translated information from the NHS The NHS have translated information about Covid-19. 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: Arabic English Polish Romanian 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: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/as/aberdeenshireeps/children-and-young-people/ https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/as/aberdeenshireeps/parent-and-carers/ 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.

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 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

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