THE BRISTOL STANDARD

The Bristol Standard Quality Improvement Framework

“Improving on our previous best”

The Bristol Standard is a self-evaluation framework that is used by early years practitioners and play workers to enable them to take part in reflective discussions around ten dimensions of quality to identify their current strengths and targets for improvement. This is an annual cycle which settings complete and then submit for validation. Children are at the heart of the Bristol Standard and all targets detail the benefits for children of the actions being taken.

The Bristol Standard is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding framework to support a journey of continuous improvement. The benefits and impact of the Bristol Standard have been well-evidenced. It can be used effectively as a framework for action planning and is very useful as evidence for Ofsted and other stakeholders. The Bristol Standard brings teams together with a shared vision and supports ongoing staff professional development.

 

The Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard Online

Meet the Mentors

Meet the Bristol Standard team

Policies and Helpful Guides

Policies and Helpful Guides

History

History

Publications

Publications

News

News

Case Studies

Case Studies

International

International

Submission Guidance and Forms

Submission Guidance and Forms

Validation dates 2020-21

NQIN

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“Some of the dimensions really got different members of the team into challenging about what our beliefs are and what we actually do to promote these in our setting for the children.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

The 6th edition is easy to navigate. The summary and reflective questions give excellent guidance.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

I cannot express how this journey has been and will continue to be the heart of our self-evaluation within our setting. It’s truly fantastic.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

The cycle of monitoring our practice ensures that we continually reflect on our own practice and that of our FS colleagues. We have become a close working group, not only while teaching the children, but also in providing support for each other.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“The process made me and the staff reflective and actions identified have fed into our SEF and priorities for the setting.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“We are now much more aware of the importance and benefit of physical activity to improve long term health, cognitive functioning and school readiness.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“Starting the Bristol Standard had a positive impact on my self-esteem.  I started to feel happier. I started to value myself. I was proud of what I was doing because I was actually doing well, better than I thought at least.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

I have seen our practitioners grow in confidence and flourish before my eyes. It has been a truly inspirational process.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

The biggest benefit to children is that they are closer to the centre of our thinking and decision making than they were. Children’s ideas are far more prominent in our plans.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

We have been involved in this process for longer than the 12 years I have been at the school, and it has opened up a dialogue for us as a team – one which spills into our lunchtimes and conversations in the evenings, because we are so engaged and interested in the learning that takes place in our setting.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“It made us realise there are a lot of things we do well.  Everything we do, we do with the children’s best interests in mind.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“We have been able to allocate time to reflect on our practice, think critically and celebrate successes as a team.”

Bristol Standard Contacts

bristol.standard@bristol.gov.uk

Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant