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  1. Whats it like to be a driving instructor with a difficult pupil?

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    That’s a very good question there is no doubting it is one of the most challenging aspects to become a driving instructor

    When a pupil is either unresponsive or just being difficult you have to try your best to just rise above it after all the reality is, that you are trying to help them to gain a driving license and to get their freedom by being able to drive.

    You are fully aware Learning to drive is an expensive undertaking and that you want to save them money and get them to test standard as quickly as possible, after all who wants to be waiting months and months and months to get to Driving test standard?

    The fact that you don’t want to listen to your instructor, or the most annoying part, is when they think they know more than you and as a result they feel they don’t have to do what you’re asking them.

    Recently we had a pupil who quite outwardly stated to their driving instructor that they didn’t like to be told what to do, well in that case why come to learn with the driving instructor if you don’t want anybody telling what you need to do?

    You’re paying us to teach you to drive and to hopefully if you follow what we tell you, pass your driving test first time, so how do you expect this to happen if you don’t like being told what you need to do it?

    So part of your role as a driving instructor is to try and reach an agreement with the pupil, in the fact of the way you teach, you’re trying to make your pupil bring the answers out for themselves by means of coaching rather than instruction.

    Also to take into account is that the pupil may not be trying to be difficult, but, may just be having a bad day or have things on their mind.

    Either way you grin and bear it and just keep thinking that tomorrow is a brand new day!


  2. Driving instructor training to resume from 12th April

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    Driving Instructor Training – Latest

    A roadmap out of lockdown in England has been announced this evening by the prime minister, with close contact services (such as driver and rider training) expected to resume from 12th April. 

    Driving Instructor Training

    This was announced this evening – Monday Feb 22nd by the Prime Minister.

    The details of today’s announcement from the PM can be found on GOV.UK ‘Covid Response – Spring 2021’, with specific reference to driver testing on page 34, item 110:

    110. Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. Activities such as driving tests may also resume.

    The overall lockdown ‘exit’ plan is divided into four stages with the promise that, after the first stage in March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met (i.e. if the vaccine rollout is going to plan).

    We are awaiting clarification from DVSA as to their specific plans for resuming testing services, more news on this expected some time tomorrow.

    So as long as the rates of infection etc, continue to stay steady and not rise sharply, the date of April 12th 2021 will be the date for resuming driving lessons and driving instructor training

  3. Changes to the Standards Check, Part Two and Part Three Assessment in response to COVID-19

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    Summary of Changes to the Standards Check, Part Two and Part Three Assessment in response to COVID-19

    Why are these changes needed?

    The industry already recognises that working in vehicles, in close proximity to pupils and candidates, carries a higher risk than in many professions. Because of this, standard operating procedures have been adapted across driver and rider testing and training to limit the risk of infection from COVID-19. As ADI and PDI assessments require three people to be in vehicle, extra precautions must be taken to limit exposure

    Why is it important to continue ADI/PDI assessments at this time?

    We mustn’t lose sight of the fact road risk is a public health issue too. Ensuring those delivering driver training are up to standard is an important factor in managing that risk. It is important we continue ADI assessments to ensure the quality standard of learning is maintained and these assessments are a regulatory requirement.
    Evidence shows a direct link between high performing trainers and pupil pass rates.

    To mitigate road risk, it is important we do not neglect instructor assessment and enforcement at this time

    Why not reintroduce role play?

  4. Training to become a driving instructor - Phrases

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    ADI Part 3 Training Development

    When it comes to training to become a driving instructor - the general basics of what have always been the PST sheets still rings true

    Typical Part 3 terminology involved
    Fault Identification
    Fault Analysis
    Remedial Action
    Level of Instruction

    The NSDRT and Standards Check have now given us some additional terminology:

    Responsibility for Risk
    Lesson Planning
    Risk Management
    Teaching & Learning Strategies
    Reflective log

    The whole purpose of these is to encourage the trainee driving instructor to get into a pattern of thinking for himself and teaching himself - this in turn will be how he teaches and coaches his/her students in the future.

    The newer terms still can blend in with the originals - For instance when thinking of the briefing, yes its an overview of what we are going to do today, but what is the goal for us?

    So although I may be doing approaching junctions to emerge left or right, I can split that into a series of goals.

    • By the end of the lesson my goal is to be able to identify the difference between an open junction and a closed junction
    • To be able to correctly position the car on approach to obtain the correct road positioning
    • To be able to master the correct approach speed for both types of junction
    • To be able to make the effective observations on the Right/Left/Right minimum observation
    • To develop a sense of correct gaps and approach speed of vehicles so i can pull out correctly and safely and not be hesitant or reckless

    If we have this in our minds during our driving instructor training, not only will it help us analyze our teaching but will also help your pupils to begin teaching themselves and becoming better drivers.

    These and more tips are part of our Driving instructor training courses.

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