Handbook for Education Professionals: Bristol Guide

The Bristol Guide is an essential handbook for all educational professionals. It is written by Senior Lecturer, Helen Aberdeen and produced at the School of Education, University of Bristol.

The Bristol Guide enables a focused understanding of the key policies and practices in education in a way that busy people can access, discuss and apply. I have not discovered another publication that can do this so effectively.

Tes Institute, Ian Hunter, Director

A compact, comprehensive and credible guide to how the education system works.

NAHT, Curator, Guy Dudley

What is included in the Bristol Guide?

The Bristol Guide is a practical and comprehensive guide to the English education system:

  • Keeps you updated with the changes in legislation.
  • Succinctly outlines education professionals’ duties, legal responsibilities, and rights.  This includes data protection, safeguarding and equality.
  • Summarises the curriculum, examination, and inspection systems.
  • Provides web links for further advice and information.
  • Updated annually.
  • Available as a book and PDF (for personal use or as an institution licence to be put on systems like an intranet and Blackboard)

Large discounts on multiple copies.

 Bristol Guide 2024/2025

Sales have now closed on the 2023-2024 guide.  The 2024-2025 guide will be available to purchase soon. The new guide is fully updated and packed with information about the English education system.   

We have a 10% discount offer if you get in touch requesting pre-order information until 31 July 2024. Go to our Order Copies page to find out more:

Would you like a preview?  The first ten pages are below:

Bristol Guide 2024-25 - First Ten Pages (PDF, 4,704kB)

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The Bristol Guide gives an up to date and comprehensive view of the education system – a must-have for any school staffroom and teacher training course.

Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), James Noble-Rogers, Executive Director

Bristol Guide Cover 2023-2024

The Bristol Guide provides a succinct overview of all aspects of the education system in England. Complex organisational relationships and areas of policy are presented in a clear and straightforward way. It is an invaluable primer for those new to the teaching profession or those moving from overseas but is also a very useful reference guide for experienced practitioners and school leaders!

Chartered College of Teaching, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive
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