Gaelic Medium Primary Education

Find out how about Gaelic Medium Primary Education and the support we offer.

The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 places a duty on local authorities to promote and support Gaelic Medium Education (GME). Learning teaching and assessment take place in Gaelic. This means that Gaelic is the main language of the classroom.

In Primary 1-3, there is a 'total immersion' approach to support learners develop confidence in the language. Teachers and support staff speak fluent Gaelic and children are expected to use Gaelic to communicate. Homework is in Gaelic and parents are encouraged to support to their children as in mainstream education.

East Renfrewshire does not currently have GME provision within the council area. However parents resident in East Renfrewshire who wish to access GME for their child may do this in one of two ways:

  • If you have a child below school age, you can ask the local authority to assess the need for Gaelic Medium Primary Education (GMPE) to be provided within East Renfrewshire. Due to the size and population of East Renfrewshire the assessment area is likely to be the whole of the local authority. Read an overview of the assessment process from Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The application form to apply to the council for a GMPE assessment is available from the Scottish Government website.
  • You may wish to apply for a GME place in a neighbouring local authority. If you are successful, East Renfrewshire Council may be able to pay for transport for your child. To request assistance with transport to a GME school you can contact the Education Admissions team on 0141 577 3288.

Current requests 

The Education Department received a request for an assessment of the need for Gaelic Medium Education in the local authority area on 27 October 2021. An initial assessment indicated that the application met the threshold of five pupils in the same year group. The department is now carrying out a full assessment in line with the Icon for pdf Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education. [513.01KB].

Following completion of the full assessment on 16 February 2022, it will be shared with the parents who made the application and on our website. If you have any questions about the assessment, you can contact the Education Department at educationresponse@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Last modified on 7 January 2022