EAL Assessment in Primary Schools

Initial assessments can be made by a member of the EAL team. Please contact EAL Team to be directed to the appropriate member of staff.

Assessments are undertaken using the Primary EAL Profile .

Guidance on Updating EAL Profiles helps you to fill in the profiles

The targets identified in the profiles are linked with strategies from the Primary EAL strategies booklet.

Children may go through a silent period during their initial time in school. The Silent Period Language Development checklist may be useful to track this period.


The EAL Team may also be able to offer CAT sessions to support staff to update profiles.

Play@Home resources in English and Polish

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Here is a link to downloadable resources Play At Home in English and Polish. These resources have been developed by the NHS to encourage early development through play at home.

The NHS website says:

play@home activity sheets

These activity sheets were developed by the Care and Learning Alliance as additional play ideas for parents, carers and children.

Presented in the style of play@home with instructions, variations, benefits and precautions, they continue to encourage everyone to have fun using things found easily around the home.

Remember to use your play@home book regularly as your child grows, as their interests will change and develop and you will be creating those special childhood memories.

Polish versions are now available.

Equalities and Diversity Picture Books

Here is a link to recommended Equality and Diversity Picture Books for use ion classrooms. There are also lesson plans available on the highland Literacy Blog.

Highland Council’s Equalities Improvement Group and LGBTI+ sub-group have published a series of lesson plans in December 2017 to support the development of Equality and Diversity across the curriculum. 18 picture books have been selected; for each picture book there have been lessons created for Early – Fourth Levels (Curriculum for Excellence) driven by the Literacy and English and Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes.

Click each of the book cover image below to download the lesson plan for each book.

The Great Big Book of Families
King and King The Sissy Duckling
And Tango Makes Three Red Jacob’s New Dress
Malala and Iqbal 10,000 Dresses The Dot
Daddy, Papa, and Me Mommy, Mama, and Me The Paper Bag Princess
My Princess Boy William’s Doll Whoever You Are
The Invisible Boy

I Have the Right to Be a Child

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Leafets about being Excluded from School

Help I’m Being Excluded. This leaflet has been produced by Govan Law Centre and is for children who have been excluded so that they are aware of their rights. It is available in the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Gaelic, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovakian, Tagalog and Urdu.

Click on Help I’m Being Excluded to access

Basic Phrases and Signs in Arabic

Here are some Arabic resources including basic phrases, welcome signs and useful classroom vocabulary.


Or you can download this….

For Dual Language Resources and Dictionaries in Arabic here are some book suggestions and book sellers to buy them from:

EAL resources for new arrivals (Arabic)

EAL dual language dictionaries for secondary pupils (Arabic)

There are also more resources if you follow the link below for maths, subject key words, topic words and general information….

Arabic resources

Teddy Talk and Big Bear Banter record keeping sheets



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Some schools have developed their own ways of keeping track of their Teddy Talk and Big Bear Banter sessions, but just in case you haven’t done so yet, here are some record sheets to keep track of sessions that are taking place for Teddy Talk and Big Bear Banter.


Teddy Talk Record of Activities

Big Bear Banter Record of Activities Final

European Day of Languages Event

Please print this poster off and publicise this event if you think anyone would be interested in your area. Thanks.

European Day of Languages 2015 Poster

You and your family and friends are invited to

A celebration of the European day of Languages On

Saturday 26th September 12:30pm-15:30pm

At the Spectrum Centre, Inverness

Celebrate bilingualism, share your language with others, learn simple phrases in another language

Live music, traditional dance and complimentary refreshments

Free entry

We hope to see you there,

Best wishes from Adult Learning, Inverness

Interpretation and Translation Services for Highland Council

interpreter_symbol_textIf you need to access Interpreting and Translation Services just click on the picture box for further information. You will be directed to the Highland Council Intranet and so if using a machine outside Highland Council establishments you will need to use your User Name and Password to access it as it is for Highland Council Users only.