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  1. 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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  2. (source:DVSA Despatch)

    Working to the national standard

    During your standards check, your examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the national standards for driver and rider training.

    You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

    • lesson planning
    • risk management
    • teaching and learning skills

    The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI standards check form, which the examiner will assess during your check. Look at these before you take your standards check, so you know what the examiner will be assessing.

    Analysing standards check data

    The standards check replaced the old ADI check test on 7 April 2014. After it had been running for 3 months, we analysed the results to understand which areas most people were failing on, so that we could help people focus their training in those areas.

    We have repeated the exercise this year, analysing data from over 2,000 standards checks.

    The top 5 reasons

    Our latest analysis shows the top 5 areas where instructors fail to demonstrate competence are where they haven’t:

    • adapted the lesson plan, when appropriate, to help the pupil work towards their learning goals
    • taught the lesson in a style suited to the pupil’s learning style and current ability
    • encouraged the pupil to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning
    • given the pupil appropriate and timely feedback during the session
    • given enough feedback to help the pupil understand any potentially safety-critical incidents

    Lesson planning

    You need to show you can adapt your lesson plan, where appropriate, to help your pupil work towards their learning goals.

    You shouldn’t stick to a planned lesson because the needs of your pupil might change throughout the lesson and it’s important you can adapt to that.

    Teaching and learning strategies

    You need to be able to show you can teach your pupil in a style that’s suited for them. This means using methods that work best for them. For example, when giving verbal directions, your pupil might find it easier if you referred to left and right as ‘my side’ or ‘your side’.

    It’s important you give your pupil appropriate and timely feedback rather than giving it all at the end of the lesson. Having regular discussions throughout the lesson helps your pupil understand what they might have done wrong.

    You should encourage your pupil to analyse problems and take responsibility for their own learning. For example, if your pupil forgot to check their blind spot before pulling out, you might:

    • ask them if they know what they did wrong
    • explain why they need to make sure they check their blind spots next time

    Risk management

    Another area instructors commonly fail on is not giving pupils enough feedback on any potentially dangerous situations.

    As well as providing your pupil with timely and appropriate feedback, it’s important that if they make any serious or dangerous faults they know what they’ve done and why it’s dangerous.

    It’s up to you to make sure they understand this, so they don’t make the same mistake again.

    At the end of the test

    At the end of the standards check your examiner will give you feedback about any areas where you need to develop. You can refer to the national standard for driver and rider training to help you understand what you could be doing differently.

    If you fail the standards check, the examiner will recommend that you seek further development from an instructor trainer.