English As An Additional Language


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English as an Additional Language Service  in Edinburgh

Many Edinburgh schools have pupils whose first or home language is not English. Over 90 languages are currently spoken in our schools, including those from established communities such as Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Cantonese and more recently arrived languages such as Arabic, Mandarin, Polish and Romanian.

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Service teachers in school can help:

• Those pupils who are new to English
•Those pupils at the early stages of acquiring English
•Those pupils who speak English more fluently but who still need additional support to achieve their academic potential

The EAL teachers also work with:

•Professionals from other agencies
•Parents/carers of bilingual pupils
•Local community groups

What the EAL Service offers


•EAL Teachers work in nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, supporting bilingual pupils in liaison with their teachers

Bilingual Support

•A small team of Bilingual Support Assistants work with early stage learners in schools. They are fluent in English and one of the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu
•They can also help parents and schools to build effective partnerships

Advice and support for schools, agencies and parents on:

•Assessment, resources, teaching strategies
•Linguistic and cultural matters
•Inclusion, achievement and race equality
•Professional development of school staff
•Arrangements for external/alternative examinations
•Contacts with local community services, such as language classes for adults, interpreting services, community support groups and others

Click on the link below to find about more about the EAL Service in Edinburgh and to download information sheets provided by the EAL Service. You can find translated versions of these information sheets by clicking on the link.

Remember to use the ‘Google’ translate button to help you with our school website.


To find out about more or make contact with the EAL teachers in the school  please contact the School Office (0131 337 6086)
or the EAL Service directly ( 0131 469 2890 or email englishadditionallanguage@ea.edin.sch.uk).

For information on accessing translation services see the links below.


If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

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