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  1. Latest DVSA Driving Test News July 2021

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    LATEST UPDATE FROM DVSA
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    Driver testing services: step 4 of the roadmap

    Following the government’s announcement setting out plans to move to step 4 of the roadmap in England on 19 July, we want to explain what these changes mean to driver testing services in England and how these will affect you and your pupils.
     
    Driving lessons: keeping yourself and others safe
     
    There is still a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated.
     
    You are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the risks.
     While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us.
     Wearing a face covering
     COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person.
    The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in enclosed spaces.
     So we still recommend you and your pupils wearing a face covering during a driving lesson.
     Fresh air
     When a person infected with COVID-19 coughs, talks or breathes, they release droplets and aerosols which can be breathed in by another person. Fresh air blows away these particles, reducing the chances of COVID-19 spreading.
     
    The more fresh air you let into your vehicle, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles.
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    Driving tests
     Taking rapid lateral flow tests
     From 19 July, we will continue to encourage your pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test in the 48 hours before their driving test
    Face coverings
     From 19 July we will continue to expect you and your pupils to wear a face covering when you come for driving tests,unless you or your pupil have a good reason not to, such as:
     • having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
    • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
     Your pupil must tell us if they have a good reason not to wear a face covering when they book their test –
     
    if you have made the booking on behalf of your pupil you will need to do this if required.
     
    Your pupil’s test will not take place without a face covering if they do not tell us ahead of their test.
     If your pupil makes a dangerous or serious fault on test
     From 19 July if your pupil makes a serious or dangerous fault, which means they’ve failed their test, the driving examiner will still direct them back to the driving test centre, where the test will end.
     
    This is to minimise the amount of time they need to spend in the vehicle.
     We will keep this measure under review.
     
    Car cleanliness and fresh air
    The car used for the test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test.
    Any combination of windows can be opened. Your pupils should wear clothing suitable for the weather.
    Allowing instructors to sit in on driving tests
     As part of our measures, we stopped allowing you to sit in on driving tests.
     As social distancing measures are relaxed on 19 July, we'll review this measure and consider when you will be able to safely sit in on driving tests again.
     We will let know as soon as there is an update on this.
    Test centre waiting rooms
     In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is higher:
    • in crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
    • in enclosed indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air
    We encourage you to keep your distance and wear face coverings in our waiting areas to help reduce the spread of the virus.
     
    Some of our waiting rooms will need to remain closed because they are located in:
    • shared buildings where the landlord is not allowing public access
    • rooms with no ventilation
     

    We will continue to work with our local facilities team and landlords at these sites and will let you know when we are in a position to reopen them.

  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
    Briefings
    Fault Identification
    Fault Analysis
    Remedial Action
    Level of Instruction

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

    Goals
    Responsibility for Risk
    Coaching
    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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