Useful Links – SATEAL Conferences

Gathered Together
Promotion of parental involvement for Ethnic minority parents, including examples of good practice from EAL teams across Scotland

Scottish Connections

Below is a list of websites/telephone numbers and email addresses which are useful for looking at good practice for EAL/bilingual learners in the Scottish Education system.

SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
Customer Contact Centre -0845 279 1000

Ready Reckoner for SQA Qualifications in the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
A useful postcard with a diagram to show the different values attached to SQA qualifications. It can be used to explain the qualifications to parents.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
The ESOL courses develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and lead to qualifications from Access 2 to Higher.
For further information visit

  • ESOL Scotland
    National ESOL developments in Scotland/ resources/ESOL Courses and Professional Development
  • EAL Edinburgh
    The City of Edinburgh EAL service / Supporting bilingual learners /advice and resources including Revised Edinburgh EAL Profile of Competence
  • Bilingualism
    Child Bilingualism

Chinese, Russian, Urdu SQA qualifications.
New Chinese courses were launched in May 2008 and pupils could be entered for the Higher Urdu exam for the first time in May 2008.
See the Unit specifications on the SQA website.

  • At present pupils wanting to take exams in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Mandarin, Panjabi, Portuguese and Polish must enter through either the AQA or Edexcel exam boards for GCSE or GCE.

SQA Special Exam Arrangements
For EAL/ Bilingual pupils who are at the early stages of English Language Acquisition and are entered for SQA qualifications there are special exam arrangements, such as the use of a bilingual dictionary, check the SQA site for up to date information.

SEALCC (Scottish EAL Coordinating Council)
SEALLC is a network of EAL professionals from all local authorities across Scotland who are involved in the management of EAL provision in schools .It is a forum to discuss national issues which affect EAL and bilingual learners in Scotland.

How good is our school?
Inclusion and Equality
Part4: Evaluating educational provision for bilingual learners

HMIE Guide Evaluating Educational Provision for Bilingual Learners
This document is one of a series of guides to self evaluation which builds on the advice given in the publication ‘How good is our school? (2002 Edition)
HMIE Count us in

Further information available from

Denholm House
Almondvale Business Park
Almondvale Way
EH54 6GA
Tel 01506 600 200

Inclusion Tasks 2008-9
The New Scots Task
A questionnaire was sent to all local authorities asking how they addressed the needs of migrant children and young people. The survey was to be completed by May 2008 and we await the report and feedback.

National Qualifications Curriculum Support
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Teaching and Learning Resources for the SQA ESOL courses in booklet and CD format.

A website for developing partnerships between parents and schools which has useful information for parents to have a better understanding of the Scottish Education system and their role in helping their children achieve their potential.
It also explains how to choose a school and enrol at school which is helpful to migrant parents.

EIS (The Educational Institute of Scotland)
The EIS publish the SEJ (The Scottish Educational Journal). This has features which reflect the current concerns and issues in the Scottish Education System.

Feb 08 Vol 92 Issue No 01
Language Support – Speaking the language of education
In this issue of the SEJ they focused on the issue of supporting pupils who do not speak English as their first language.
Contact The SEJ Editor, 46 Moray Place, Edinburgh,EH3 6BH
Tel 0131 220 3151 email:

UK Connections

The National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum

English as an Additional Language Association of Wales