The English as an Additional Language Service (EAL) is a peripatetic service working across nursery, primary and secondary to help them meet the needs of bilingual pupils and their families in ways that are educationally and socially inclusive.
The EAL Service aims to help schools make the curriculum more accessible to pupils who are learning through English as an additional language in order to improve their learning outcomes and experiences.
The EAL Service offers a range of support:
- Assessment and advice on new arrivals and beginners to English, including those causing concern
- Monitoring and tracking of bilingual learners
- Advice and provision of a range of resources, eg dual language books, dictionaries, etc
- Information and advice on effective teaching and whole school approaches
- Direct support for pupils with limited communication and literacy skills
- Support for pupils and schools doing SQA ESOL courses
- Inter-agency working for bilingual pupils with Additional Support Needs
- Training and CPD opportunities for schools and other agencies
- Improving the engagement of schools with bilingual families where practical
- Encouragement for parents to increase involvement in their child's education