Here you will find information and resources to help you enrol new EAL pupils and communicate with their families and carers.
Please direct parents/carers to the “Parents” section of our website where they can find information translated into various languages about:
- Education in Scotland
- Helping a child to become bilingual
- Help your child read
- Living and working in the North-east of Scotland (booklets in various languages)
- Health Services
- English classes for adults
- Polish, Russian and Chinese Community groups
Multi-lingual background information collection tool – This is a very useful tool to communicate with parents or pupils who do not have a lot of English and collect background information about new arrivals. It has been produced by South East Grid for Learning and is free to use. “This online questionnaire is presented in a range of different languages with additional support from audio buttons that provide an oral version of each question. The tool has been designed to minimise the amount of typed responses, so most questions only require the user to select from a list of options, although space is sometimes provided for the user to type in extra information.” Please note that this website does not allow you to save the information, so it has to be printed out immediately.
Enrolling and placing newly arrived learners of English (189 downloads) 10 point Guide from Aberdeen City EAL Service
The Importance of Names (315 downloads) 10 point Guide from Aberdeen City EAL Service
Bristol Secondary Schools EAL Induction Pack – an excellent resource containing a variety of resources for use with new arrivals.
http://www.littlelearner.eu/#home – free interactive resources to support communication with New Arrivals. In this short video Brian Huxley, the creator of Little learner, shows how to use this tool: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JqMYT7RLBWo.
Click here for information for parents about the Scottish Education System, translated into various languages.
Information about Free School Meals
- English: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-English (74 downloads)
- Arabic: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-06.17-Arabic-15041.pdf (75 downloads)
- Lithuanian: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-06.17-Lithuanian-15043.pdf (60 downloads)
- Polish: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-06.17-Polish-15041.pdf (63 downloads)
- Romanian: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-06.17-Romanian-15042.pdf (59 downloads)
- Russian: Free-School-Meals-Parent-Letter-06.17-Russian-15044.pdf (51 downloads)
- English leaflet: Free-School-Meals-leaflet.pdf (56 downloads)
- English poster: Free-School-Meals-Poster-final.pdf (53 downloads)
Translated standard letters in multiple languages are available from the following sites:
City of Edinburgh EAL Service has “Survival Language” materials on their website to be used by new arrivals. They are available in Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Latvian, Malay, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Mandarin, Polish, Thai, Turkish and Urdu. From the homepage select Translated Classroom Material from the menu on the left, then select Survival Language.
Hungarian Survival Language from Highland EAL Service
Phrases for School from Bracknell Forest EAL and Diversity Team Basic School phrases for communicating with pupils and parents..Click on the language to download the resource
Dual Language Phrases for School – From Essex County Council in Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepalese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Vietnamese
Toolkit-for-Diversity-in-Pre-School.pdf (1 download) “This ‘toolkit’ aims to help schools create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for pupils and parents from all backgrounds and ensure equal access for all” produced by Education Support for Northern Ireland.
Toolkit-for-Diversity-in-Primary-Schools.pdf (2 downloads) “This ‘toolkit’ aims to help schools create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for pupils and parents from all backgrounds and ensure equal access for all” produced by Education Support for Northern Ireland.
Toolkit-for-Diversity-in-Post-Primary-Schools.pdf (1 download) “This ‘toolkit’ aims to help schools to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and parents from all backgrounds and ensure equal access for all.” Produced by Education Support for Northern Ireland.
Toolkit-for-Diversity-in-Special-Schools.pdf (1 download) This ‘toolkit’ aims to help schools create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for pupils and parents from all backgrounds and ensure equal access for all
Eal Strategies – This website, authored by a former EAL teacher from the London Borough of Brent, contains a wealth of resources to be used by teachers to support EAL pupils. The author has also delivered training and worked with leadership to develop action plans for whole school development.
Bilingual Policy: Leaflet from Bilingualism Matters, University of Edinburgh School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Sciences.