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 e-book 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.

             **CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE **

The University of Bristol is staying open but has instigated an immediate work from home policy wherever possible for the protection of the staff and students.  This means during this time, we are unable to despatch any printed copies of the Bristol Guide.  Every order we have received has now been despatched.

However, the Bristol Guide remains available as an e-book through the following methods:




Amazon Kindle






Google Play



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

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent survey.  Your feedback is helping shape the 2020-2021 version and work has already been started on this.  More news on this to follow.

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



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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