English as an Additional Language
COVID-19 – Resources to Support Learning at Home
Supporting Learning at Home is further resources and translated videos to support families with online learning.
Aberdeenshire EAL – Resources to support learning while at home – Primary Nursery
Translated information from the NHS
My Hero is You
Children’s stories (Stay Home Superheroes)
Help NALDIC in a Collaborative Research Project
Early Years Activities
Free school meals letters
Domestic Abuse Advice for Parents
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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
- parents and carers
- staff in schools and nurseries
- 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:
Guidelines on supporting bilingual learners, including helpful hints, forms and advice.
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.
Learning and teaching – Practical advice for teachers.
Additional information for pupils in secondary schools
|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
|Parental Letter Regarding Pupil Enrolment Meeting|
|Request for Previous Reports|
|Information Card (to encourage new school to confirm a child has enrolled)|
|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:
- Chinese (simplified)
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/
For more information contact:
Aberdeenshire EAL Service, New Deer School, New Deer, Turriff, AB53 6TB
Telephone Number – 01467532100
Email – email@example.com