English as an Additional Language

DictionaryAberdeenshire 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. The EAL Team consists of a Coordinator and peripatetic teaching staff. All have undertaken specialist training in Bilingual Learning.

The EAL Service works with

  • children
  • 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 works

  • in schools and nurseries
  • in community centres
  • in libraries

The EAL Service becomes involved when a referral is made to the service. This is followed by an initial assessment where the appropriate level of support is determined.

Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services has developed guidelines for schools in supporting bilingual learners (pdf 3.65MB). 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.

A leaflet about being bilingual is available to download in English, Polish, Russian and Chinese:

The being bilingual leaflet is also available in Arabic, Bulgarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Spanish by emailing ealservice@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Staff development and awareness-raising underpin all work undertaken by the EAL service. 

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

Training is available to all schools on request and through the Authority’s Continuous Professional Development Programme advertised through www.aberdeenshireevents.org.uk

Contact: Aberdeenshire EAL Service, New Deer School, New Deer, Turriff, AB53 6TB Tel No. 01771 644199 ealservice@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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