English as an Additional Language

English is not the first language for a number of families in Aberdeenshire.

Our English as an Additional Language Service (EAL) has a consultation, advisory, training and teaching role. Our office is based in New Deer School. Our team consists of a coordinator and peripatetic teaching staff. Most staff have undertaken specialist training in bilingual learning.

Our EAL Service works with:

  • children
  • parents and carers
  • staff in schools and nurseries
  • libraries
  • staff in Community Learning Development
  • other agencies such as Health Visitors or Social Services
  • voluntary organisations
  • other education providers like FE colleges

Our EAL Service becomes involved when a referral is made to the service. We then do an initial assessment to determine the appropriate level of English and support.

View EAL pre-enrolment privacy notice (pdf 249KB) and request for previous reports privacy notice (pdf 229KB).


Education and Children's Services has developed guidelines for schools in supporting bilingual learners. These have been advised by legislation and the Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services framework for supporting learners. These guidelines reflect the need for wider multi-agency support for pupils and their families. They also give details of roles, responsibilities and procedures for supporting bilingual learners.

Resource for parents

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

It is also available in other languages (including Arabic, Bulgarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Spanish). Contact us to get a copy in these languages. 

You can also find information about living and working in North East Scotland in other languages


Staff development and raising awareness is really important for our EAL service. Training is available to all schools through our professional development programme on ALDO.

We offer 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


For more information, you can contact us in writing, by telephone or email:

EAL Service
New Deer School
New Deer
AB53 6TB
Telephone: 01771 644199
Email: eal.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk 

Staff can also find a range or resources and videos on our Glow page. 

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