English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Gypsy Roma Traveller Support Team

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Gypsy Roma Traveller Support Team is part of the ASL Service. We provide specialist advice, training and teaching to support language development and learning; culturally inclusive practice; and effective race equality practice. We also provide bilingual support in Edinburgh’s most common minority languages.

Gypsy Roma Traveller Support

We work with the Gypsy Roma Traveller families to support children and young people’s learning. We also work with schools and nurseries to provide safe, welcoming and positive experiences for Gypsy Roma Traveller children and young people.

 What we do

  • Offer information and advice about effective teaching and whole school approaches
  • Work in partnership with school and nursery staff to use teaching strategies that support language development and learning across the curriculum
  • Develop and advise on resources, including resources in translation
  • Offer training for teachers and other school or nursery staff
  • Support assessment of bilingual learners and learners from travelling cultures
  • Support schools to monitor and track progress of bilingual and minority ethnic learners
  • Offer resources, support and advice to improve parental involvement
  • Provide bilingual support* to pupils who are beginners in English
  • Support access to additional EAL and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for secondary age pupils
  • Help schools and young people to recognise and challenge inequality and develop an anti-racist ethos and culture
  • Advise on cultural matters and support links with local community services and organisations

*bilingual support is available on a priority basis in the main community languages

To find out more about EAL teaching, have a look at this article written by one of our EAL teachers.


Ask to speak with the EAL Teacher or the ASL Service Leader at your child’s educational establishment, or contact ASL Service.