About the Bristol Standard

About The Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard is recognised nationally as an outstanding self-evaluation framework and the benefits and impact of its approach have been well evidenced. Through team reflection and discussion, the strengths of the setting are celebrated and future priorities become clear. The Bristol Standard enables practitioners to talk more knowledgeably about what they do, why they do it and the difference it is making for children and families in their care. Settings who engage with the process are more likely to be judged as good or better.

Helpful Guides

Helpful Guides

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

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.”

The Bristol Standard Purposes

These purposes have been mapped to the 12 Quality Improvement Principles developed by the National Quality Improvement Network.The purpose of the Bristol Standard is to:

  • Establish a clear understanding of vision, values, principles and practice.
  • Achieve high quality provision for all children from birth in a culture of inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Enable teams to work together, have a voice and learn from each other.
  • Celebrate current good practice and develop the quality and effectiveness of provision through a continuous process of reflection.
  • Enable settings to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their practice.
  • Support the development of genuine partnerships with children’s families or carers, other professionals and the local and wider community.
  • Support a culture of shared leadership – key people who motivate, sustain, challenge and empower others.
  • Support a process of continuous professional development.
 

This Quality Improvement framework has used the National Quality Improvement Network principles, in discussion with their local authority and partner settings, in order to review and develop their Quality Improvement Programme (NQIN 2009)

Bristol Standard Contacts

bristolstandard@bristol.gov.uk

Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant