Handbook for education professionals: The Bristol Guide

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, Global Director, Sian Harris

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

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

NAHT, Director, Advice & Legal Services, Guy Dudley

The Bristol Guide keeps you up to date with the fast changes in educational legislation and is an essential handbook for education professionals that: 

  • Offers a compact, comprehensive and credible guide to the English education system
  • Outlines education professionals’ duties, legal responsibilities and rights, including data protection, safeguarding and equality
  • Summarises the curriculum, examination and inspection systems
  • Provides clear links to further information
  • User-friendly, accessible and up-to-date
  • Represents great value for money at just £8.50 for the printed copy*
  • Available as an Ebook in stores including Amazon with RRP of £7.95

 *Large discounts on purchases of multiple copies

It is therefore not surprising that it has become a core text in a large number of teacher training providers.

Bristol Guide Cover 2019-2020  Preview the first pages of the guide  Bristol Guide 2019-2020 Sample Pages (PDF, 537kB)‌.

The Bristol Guide 2019/2020 is longer available as a printed copy.  You can still purchase as an ebook.  Details are here.


The Bristol Guide 2020/2021 is currently being prepared ready for publication in August 2020.  It will be fully updated and jam packed full of information about the English education system.

Preview the first pages of the guide Bristol Guide 2020-2021 Sample Pages (PDF, 398kB)

Would you like to receive 10% discount* on your printed copy of the Bristol Guide?  Just email us now on DSS-Admin@bristol.ac.uk and put in the subject 'BG10'.  When the guide is available, you will be emailed with a link to purchase.

 *Offer available to purchases of up to five copies.

The prices remain the same as 2019.  Bristol Guide Price List 2020-21 (PDF, 181kB) 

If you would like to purchase multiple copies, you can pre order now by downloading our Bristol Guide 2020-2021 Order Form (PDF, 203kB)

I‌f you are an education institition and would like to purchase multiple PDF copies, please contact us for details.

If you are a subcriber of the Document Summary Service, you are entitled to 10% discount.  Contact us for details.  

If you are a member of Chartered College of Teaching, NASBTT, NAHT and UCET, please contact them for details how you can claim your discount.

Email us now with the subject header BRISTOL GUIDE 2020 to receive notification of the publishing date.  


If you have any queries, please email us on dss-admin@bristol.ac.uk.

   Bristol Guide 2021-2021 Front Cover


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
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