English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Information for Schools

Information for Parents



EAL Guidelines and Forms

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

Interpreting and Translation 


EAL Guidelines – Accessing Interpreting and Translation Services – Advice for schools on using Interpreting and translation services.
Using a Telephone Interpreter in School – A step-by-step 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.

Accompanying Forms / Checklists 

General Guidance


Bilingual Guidelines РAn introduction and overview of supporting bilingual learners.  Role of the school, role of the EAL Service, referral to the EAL Service.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Guidelines – Guidance on supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

When a New Bilingual Family Arrives to Enrol


Seeking Support From EAL – Guidelines on accessing support from the EAL Service.
Enrolling A Bilingual Learner – Guidelines on the process of enrolling a bilingual learner.
EAL Enrolment Flowchart – Visual outline of good practice for enrolment.

Accompanying Forms / Checklists

Supporting Pupils After Enrolment


English for Speakers of Other Languages ‚Äď ESOL Guidelines
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 ‚Äď practical advice for teachers, additional information for pupils in secondary schools and useful websites.

When a Pupil Leaves


Bilingual Learners who leave school – Guidelines on children who leave and children missing in education (CME)
EAL Leavers Flowchart – Visual outline of good practice for when bilingual learners leave

Accompanying Forms / Checklists

Confirmation of child in education letterLetter that parents/carers can take to encourage their child’s new school to confirm to the previous school that the child has enrolled.

Translated Information

Please click on the link below to jump to a link to all the translated information. 


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.

Free School Meals Translated Letters

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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.

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:



Education and Working Together – Your Rights

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

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 common languages in Aberdeenshire

Domestic Abuse Advice for Parents