So the day has come when you’ve found your ‘invitation’ to a Standards Check on the door mat. Hopefully this won’t fill you with dread because you have anticipated this day and you are already teaching effectively and in a client-centred manner.
However, whether you are applying client-centred learning or not; whether you are quite confident, have a good idea about it or only know some basics, getting confirmation and reassurance that what you are doing on a ‘normal lesson’ is satisfying all of the criteria of the Standards Check Marking Guide (SC1) will certainly help your performance on the Standards Check and beyond. Whilst positive feedback from your learners is extremely useful to boost your confidence, only a high score on your Standards Check makes it official that you are a first class instructor. The time to polish your skills is NOW. Don’t leave it until you receive your ‘invitation’ or your big moment of meeting your senior examiner is only days away.
From 7 April 2014, all ADI’s must take at least one Standards Check in each 4-year period of registration. There isn’t no longer an opportunity of role play. The accompanying examiner will assess that instruction is delivered satisfactorily and effectively in accordance with the National Standard for Driver and Rider Training (NSDRT). A link to the NSDRT can be found here. The Standards Check will be conducted over a 1 hour period. The examiner will assess in accordance with the relevant chapter of ADI1, Guidance for driving examiners carrying out Instructor Tests. A link to ADI1 can be found here.
17 competences are assessed within 3 higher areas of competence:
With 3 points available for each of the 17 competences, the total possible score is 51. The test will be graded as follows:
The fascination of driving instruction is that all pupils are different and learn in different ways. Sooner or later every instructor comes across a learner where a ‘one size fits all’ approach simply doesn’t work. In some cases the impact of rigid teaching might be less obvious, but can subtly frustrate your pupil and yourself. If a pupil takes time to reflect on their learning, then moving them on too soon may be harmful to their progress. In contrast, a pupil who likes to ‘give it a go’ would become bored if made to watch endless demonstrations. If you teach or coach a pupil in a manner that best suits their learning style then they will make better progress. They are also more likely to retain knowledge, understanding and skills.
Your job will become more rewarding, your learners will make better progress and you can charge a better fee for high quality tuition. The result of your Standards Check is your proof.
Meet Pete Wilkinson, Director of Training with YES! Driving School, who has an in-depth knowledge of the NSDRT and ADI1, as well as other relevant documents. He has mentored or given guidance to many instructors in preparation for their Standards Check and all have resulted in a Grade A (as of 1st of Aug 2017). Indeed one instructor was taken from a position of failing his first Standards Check to retesting 10 weeks later with a result of 50/51. This fantastic achievement is a result of effective guidance and sheer hard work from the instructor; a determination to be the best he could be. This instructor shows that being popular with your learners and believing that you are doing well on your usual lessons alone might not lead to an excellent Standards Check result.
Preparation is the absolute key. That’s why even leading instructors take time away from their normal routine to prepare for their Standards Check with a top level tutor. With Pete you will receive the information and guidance needed to achieve that coveted Grade A.
Training is 2 way, with Pete sitting in and observing you in a normal lesson and also you sitting in with our senior trainer, Pete.
By way of further proof, our Director of Training Pete Wilkinson recently took his Standards Check and achieved the highest possible score of 51/51.
So don’t wait for the invitation to land. Contact us now for peace of mind and confirmation of your instructional ability.
So happy i passed first time with only a few minors thanks to Alan, he built up my confidence so much and also my driving skills! Alan’s a great instructor...
Absolutely chuffed to bits!
After failing my test as a teen I never thought I’d be able to get back behind the wheel. I started learning again this year with...
Thank you so much to Pete for helping me pass first time and giving me confidence in my driving abilities. I have had an amazing driving experience full of laughs!...
I passed first time! Andy is a great driving instructor – very calm and patient as well as super easy to get along with. I offer my thanks to Andy...
I’m so happy
I passed my test on 15/04/19
I had the most amazing instructor
Thank you Sue for all your support and patience over the past...
A great guy who takes things seious when they need to be. Really easy to undertand and get along with.
Many thanks to Pete Wilkinson for his tuition and guidance preparing me for the Standards Check Test.
Thank you to Ruedi for helping me pass my test today and giving me the confidence to go for it. Its gonna make such a difference to my life...
From my first lesson I knew Nigel was an outstanding instructor, who had the patience to help me pass as a new driver. Admittedly I had a few instructors before...
For the patience and encouragement!!!
Alan is a good instructor and very professional.
Definitely recommend him to anyone!
Nigel is a very patient and very knowledgeable instructor. I was a very nervous driver and didn’t want to be pushed. He was good at finding new approaches to aspects...
Thank you so much Nigel! Such an amazing driving instructor. He was very patient and improved my confidence massively. I would highly recommended!!
Pete is everything you could want in a driving instructor and more. He’s able to have a good laugh and has a great sense of humour, which helps a lot...
Alan has been a fantastic instructor. I was extremely nervous about learning to drive but Alan was very patient, friendly and calming. I really enjoyed my lessons and I am...
Cannot recommend this driving school enough!
I was extremely anxious about driving and thought I would never be able to do it but Alan was great. So experienced and knowledgeable...