Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium

There is, I believe, actually nothing more powerful to say about education that this: that all people, however young or old, have an enormous drive and capacity to learn;……that the most effective teachers trust learners, enhance their self-esteem, have no need to control them, provide an unconditional support which doesn’t go too far; and value all types of intelligence in all areas of learning” Paul Ginnis – Freethinkers Guide to the Educational Universe – Jan ‘94

The Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium is collaboration between Redcliffe Nursery School & Children’s Centre and St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre, who have both been awarded National Teaching School status and are judged as outstanding by Ofsted. Key alliance members include Bristol Local Authority EYs team and all other 9 Bristol Nursery Schools.

We also work in close collaboration with all other Bristol Teaching Schools which include: The Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance, St Mary Redcliffe and Cabot Learning Federation.

Our focus is to develop sector led improvement through innovation, collaboration partnership, most specifically in the 6 areas that are required of National Teaching Schools:

  1. the development of high quality teaching, learning and leadership
  2. the training of new teachers
  3. peer to peer learning and professional development
  4. the designation and deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education ( SLEs)
  5. the identification, nurturing and management of leadership potential
  6. research and development that puts evidence at the heart of practice


Underpinning all our work is our commitment to:

  • The rights of the child

“….(rights that) a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.…founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, gender, language, religion, opinions, wealth or ability and therefore apply to every (child) everywhere.”  UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

  • Child led learning and learner-centred leadership
  • Professional learning, embedded in research and based on reciprocity and joint practice development, to develop knowledge and skill and build capacity
  • Developing a democratic community for leaders at all levels that is reflective, emotionally intelligent and resilient, fostering pride and purpose
  • Pushing the boundaries, taking chances, being altruistic and innovative
  • Building a cultural community in which all learners can and do thrive
  • Reducing inequality in educational achievement and life chances


We aspire to build collaborative, authentic, respectful and trusting partnerships in which we:

  • Recognise and celebrate individual strengths
  • Listen to each other
  • Are committed to each other’s success and the success of the wider partnerships
  • Have unequivocally high quality standards and are champions for ALL children
  • Strive to develop as inquisitive, critical practitioners and lifelong learners
  • Build sustainability and capacity


The Bristol Early Years Consortium is taking a leadership role in developing quality improvement across Bristol. Through strategic partnership work with the LA and innovative models of commissioning, our Consortium has a central role in quality assurance, self-evaluation, professional development and school/setting improvement for the whole EYs sector. This includes: all reception classes in Primary Schools, Nursery Schools, Nursery classes, private voluntary and independent Nurseries and childminders.

Our Teaching Schools have a track record of leading and delivering high quality support and professional development that has measurable and sustainable impact.