A better option for the ‘new’ ADI Part 3 test?

Having read the DVSA’s Press Release on changes to the ADI Part 3 test, I would like to share my concerns about the announced changes and to offer a suggestion for a better, safer option.

First, let me share a short experience I had in a test centre waiting room a couple of weeks ago…

Whilst waiting for one of my trainees to return from an ADI Part 3 test, a driving school owner struck up a conversation with me about expanding his driving school.

He’s been trying to expand his business for a number of years now because it is so busy and turning work away, but the owner has found it difficult because he feels ‘unqualified’ to train people up to become driving instructors. He has tried to help people with their ADI Part 3 tests, but they keep failing. He is an ADI but has never received any form of specialist […]

Standards Check Resources for ADIs

On this page, we have listed some important resources for you, which will help you prepare for your ADI Standards Check.

Did you download your FREE copy of our Standards Check Masterplan yet?

It’s a comprehensive guide to preparing for your assessment, taking you through everything you need to do from now until the day of your Standards Check.

If you haven’t got it yet, simply enter your first name and email address into the box at the top of this page and you’ll get access to it 🙂

Once you have our guide, here’s a list of other resources you will find really useful:

Client-Centred Learning and the ADI Part 3 Test

Well before the introduction of the Standards Check in April 2014, questions were being raised about the ADI Part 3 test and whether it was still fit for purpose. Many ADI Trainers have been solely equipping their trainees with instructor-led approaches using the pre-set tests (PSTs) as a focus for their training. In our opinion, these trainers are leaving their PDIs with a fairly significant gap in their skills after qualification, and one in which ‘retraining’ prior to the Standards Check will often be necessary.

So what about client-centred learning? Can client-centred techniques be used successfully on the ADI Part 3 test?

There have been lots of changes in the driver training industry recently, and for the most part, we think these changes have been very positive. The Standards Check assesses how ADIs measure up to the National Standards for Driver & Rider […]

HMRC Webinars – Help For Driving Instructors

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has produced a great set of webinars to help customers to understand a variety of tax systems and learn what obligations they need to meet. Both live and pre-recorded options are available.

Live HMRC Webinars

Live HMRC webinars last for an hour and are interactive, giving you the valuable opportunity to ask questions directly to the webinar host.  The webinars are available on set dates at set times – we have listed them all below for you, and will update this post regularly with the latest webinar schedules.

You will need to register in advance for a live webinar by clicking the relevant link below.  The session is then recorded and made available to view after the event.

Registering for a webinar is really quick and easy – simply provide your name and email address. You will then receive an email with a link to view the webinar at the […]

Driving School Supplies, Roof Signs & Accessories

Whatever driving school supplies you are looking for, whether you need a new roof sign, a visual aid or other driving school accessories, one of the below companies is bound to have what you need.

*NOTE* This is not a list of recommended suppliers – we have no affiliation with these companies, nor can we endorse them for their services. Please make sure you do your own research before committing to any purchase.

 

List of companies selling driving school supplies:

Do you know of any good companies selling driving school supplies that we may have missed from our list above? If so, get in touch via our contact form, or post the name, website and phone number of the driving school supplies company in the comments below.

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ADI Standards Check Grade & Examiner Confusion

The ADI Standards Check was introduced on 7th April 2014.  But 6 months later, it seems some DVSA examiners are still giving out incorrect information with regards to duration between Standards Checks.

Here is just one of many posts I have seen on social media, which suggests that examiners are themselves confused about the time between each ADI Standards Check (all personal details removed).

 

“How Long Will it be Until My Next ADI Standards Check?”

Admittedly, the information on the DVSA website is a little unclear…

This doesn’t give any specific information about how your grade will affect the time until your next ADI Standards Check.  But there is a clue in the wording, i.e. ‘at least’. Take a look at the DVSA ADI 1 document (point 10.06) and it explains how long ADI Standards Check reports should be stored for:

We were hearing of a huge […]

In-Car Cameras on Driving Tests – Why Are Examiners Unplugging Cameras?

Many ADIs are becoming increasingly frustrated by a small percentage of examiners who are disconnecting in-car camera systems on driving tests. DVSA policy stipulates that they are acceptable (with certain conditions), so why are some examiners continuing to kick up a fuss at the start of a driving test, causing unnecessary distress to the driving test candidate and embarrassment for the ADI?

DVSA policy on the use of in-car cameras on driving test was first revised in 2014.  Current policy can be found in the DT1 document, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-driving-examiners-carrying-out-driving-tests-dt1

The specific wording is as follows:

7.34 DVSA Policy on the filming of driving tests

Filming of driving tests is limited to the following circumstances:

– Filming by external parties, for example TV production crews with the agency’s permission, with the agency having editorial control of the film – conducted for promotional or educational programmes

– Filming by DVSA officials […]

Driving School Lease Hire Companies

If you have decided to lease a dual controlled car for your driving school, then there are some really important things you need to check before signing on the dotted line!

In this guide, we provide you with the important questions you should ask and information you need to obtain from Driving School Lease Hire Companies when making your comparisons.

We also supply you with a list of Driving School Lease Hire Companies you can call.

Questions to ask Driving School Lease Hire Companies

  • Which cars are you able to supply?
    • When are the cars available?
    • Is there a delivery charge?
  • What lease duration options are there?
  • What is the monthly contract fee?
  • How much initial deposit is required?
  • What is the annual mileage allowance?
    • What is the excess for exceeding the allocated mileage allowance?
  • Is maintenance included in the contract?

“I Want to Complain About a Driving Examiner”

It’s a question we occasionally get asked – “How do I complain about a driving examiner?” Thankfully, we are hearing of fewer and fewer instances of people having issues with examiners’ bad attitudes towards driving test candidates and driving instructors. We have personally found most examiners to be very friendly, professional and approachable. This is likely to be down to the DVSA’s increased emphasis on providing excellent customer service. In this article, we explain how driving examiners are trained and continually assessed. We also look at how you can express your concerns or even complain about a driving examiner, should the need arise.

Firstly, let me share a true story…

Whilst sat in a Driving Test Centre waiting room one day, several nervous driving test candidates awaited the arrival of their examiners. Increasingly loud footsteps prompted their arrival, one by one. Each called the name of their candidate, whilst each instructor anxiously hoped their pupil […]

A Simple Guide to Using Reflective Logs

“I have been reading various things on Facebook about reflective logs being needed for the ADI Standards Check, but I’m not really sure what they’re for and why the DVSA is forcing us to use them. From what I can make out, it’s something that the pupil fills in at the end of the lesson about what they have learned. Can you explain more about what a reflective log is and convince me why I have to use them?”

Thanks for your great question!  Let’s first start by reassuring you that nobody is forcing you to use anything that you (or your pupils) don’t want to use. The DVSA’s Standards Check is intended to assess your ability to instruct and whether that instruction helps your pupil to learn in an effective way. A reflective log is simply one ‘tool’ you can use to encourage your pupil to reflect on their own learning and progress, […]