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  1. 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!



    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.
    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.

  3. With regards to training to become a driving instructor here are some reminders of upcoming dates
    From 12 April 2021 (at the earliest), you’ll be allowed to restart:
    car driving lessons
    car and trailer driving lessons
    large goods vehicle (LGV) training
    driving instructor training
    On the same date, the following types of tests will restart:
    theory tests
    motorcycle tests
    LGV driving tests
    car and trailer driving tests
    This date is subject to change and will be confirmed nearer the time.
    From 22 April 2021 (at the earliest):
    car driving tests will restart
    approved driving instructor (ADI) qualifying tests will restart
    ADI standards checks will restart
    If you’re qualifying to become an ADI -
    If your trainee licence was issued in January 2021
    You can ask for your trainee licence to be reissued when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
    Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances.
    DVSA ADI team
    You need to include your:
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    If your trainee licence expires soon -
    Contact DVSA for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances if your trainee licence expires soon.
    DVSA ADI team
    You need to include your
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    If you’re thinking about applying for a trainee licence -
    Contact DVSA for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances if you’re thinking about applying for a trainee licence.
    DVSA ADI team
    You need to include your:
    personal reference number or driving licence number
    date of birth
    Taking the ADI part 3 test
    The law says you must book the ADI part 3 (instructional ability) test within 2 years of passing the ADI part 1 (theory) test.
    ****You can take the ADI part 3 test more than 2 years after you passed your ADI part 1 test, as long as you book it WITHIN the 2-year limit.****
    Booking your ADI part 3 test.
    If no appointments are available when you book, you can book an ‘on hold’ test. This means:
    you have to pay for the test
    DVSA arrange the test date when appointments become available
    This meets the legal requirement for you to book your test within 2 years.
    DVSA does not have any legal powers to extend your ADI part 1 theory test pass certificate
  4. 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