Last Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education

What is this?

​This Statutory Guidance has been issued by Bòrd na Gàidhlig under Section 9 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and consists of two main parts. Part 1 provides guidance specifically relating to the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 and its provisions for the Gaelic medium primary education (GMPE) request process and the duty placed on education authorities to promote and support Gaelic education. Part 2 provides further guidance relating to the provision of Gaelic education in schools.

Who is this for?

​This Guidance is principally for education authorities and builds on the practice and delivery that has been developed by education authorities over the last three decades.

This Guidance is also for parents. It provides further detail on how to proceed with the submission of a request to an education authority to assess the need for GMPE, and an explanation of how the process works.

Beyond education authorities and parents, this Guidance is for all Scottish public authorities, cross-border public authorities with devolved functions and everyone who is involved in Gaelic education. Relevant public authorities must have regard to this Guidance where their functions relate to Gaelic education or the provision of Gaelic education, including GME.