With thanks to the MSA for this information.
Update "Find your nearest driving instructor" 12-07-2017Registrar Mark Magee has shared with NASP further updates this time on the DVSA updating of find your nearest driving instructor. Mark writes:
To help learner drivers make an informed decision about who teaches them, we’ve made some improvements to the ‘find your nearest driving instructor’ service.
We want to make sure that all learner drivers have the information they need to become a safe and responsible driver before they start driving lessons. This will help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The improvements we’ve made also give you an opportunity to promote yourself to learner drivers and their parents, from an official source.
Making GOV.UK the first stop for learner drivers
Around 10,000 people use our service to find driving instructors every week.
Over the summer, we’ll start to:
You can now add a link to your website (including a Facebook page, if you don't have a separate website) to the service. This will show in the search results, along with your other contact details.
This will let you give learner drivers more detailed information on the services you provide – whether that’s if you provide manual or automatic lessons, your prices, and any services you offer for pupils with a disability, health condition or learning difficulty.
These are all things that learner drivers who have used the service have told us they want to see.
“Add their websites on and working pattern so I don't have to email everyone to find out when they work etc.”
“By telling you if they do manual or automatic driving lessons.”
“More info on instructors... to save time on emailing, calling or texting instructors.”
“Offer an idea to prices and more about the service.”
“Saying the driving lesson price.”
“I'm looking for an automatic driving instructor, would be helpful if it said if they were manual or automatic.”
Helping learners find the right instructor
We’ve also made it easier for learner drivers to filter their search results, so they can just see instructors who have:
How to add or update your details
1.Sign in to update your ADI registration.
2.Answer ‘Yes’ to ‘Would you like us to publish your main telephone number and email address on our website?’
3.Add the link to your website or Facebook page.
4.Tick the box to show you’re committed to a minimum period of CPD per year.
5.Tick the box to show that you follow the ADI code of practice.
6.Tick the box to publish your latest standards check grade and score.
Any updates you make will take place overnight - so you can see them on the service the next day.
You can opt back out of the service at any time.
If you haven’t had a new standards check grade yet, your previous check test grade will be shown. If someone clicks on your grade, they’ll see an explanation of what your grade means. If you failed your most recent standards check, it will show as ‘FAIL’.
It's also worth taking the opportunity to check that all your contact details are up to date. So I encourage you to put a few minutes aside to sign in and check.
We'll continue improving the service based on the feedback we receive.
Latest update - *New dates and locations added for Newport Pagnell and ScotlandThe DVSA Business Plan confirms that the change-over date, for replacing the current Part 3 test with a standards check, is October 2017. Tri-Coaching Train the Trainer courses will bring you right up to speed with the changes. Here are the dates of the next few courses:
12th and 13th July in Stoke on Trent SOLD OUT
1st and 2nd August in Sheffield LIMITED PLACES
29th and 30th August in Newport Pagnell *NEW DATE
25th and 26th September in Livingston *NEW DATE
If you are already a trainer; or you would like to start training people to be driving instructors you might be interested in one of our Train the Trainer courses. These courses are proving to be very popular and sell out fast.
The Tri-Coaching Train the Trainer course lasts two days and gives you an instructor training package that you can use for your own instructor training and also prepares you to join the ORDIT register using our materials.
Tri-Coaching Partnership has a complete online driving instructor training package with 12 in-car sessions and a Course Book, which you can sell to your trainee driving instructors and then use in conjunction with your own training programme.
When you attend the two-day Train the Trainer course you will take away a set of reference materials and a CPD certificate of attendance; and we will organise for you the Tri-Coaching Instructor Training (TCIT) Package, which:
For further information about the content of the two-day course please click here.
Some reviews -
Sandra Harper - Gloucester
"Very enjoyable, quality course and also a timely reminder of how to excel in the profession as well as train others the best way possible. Great people in both the other candidates and trainers."
Zoe Anstey - Steyning
"I recently attended the Train the Trainer course in Newport Pagnell and I have to say that it was a revelation. The course delivered a dynamic, refreshing way of thinking and working when training people in the car. It has encouraged me to reflect on my training techniques and give me confidence to implement new ideas into my current practice and will support me to develop my instructor training for the future."
Pete Leach -Worcester
"The course completely blew me away! It was everything I expected and nothing I expected all at the same time. The rest of the industry needs to get its act together as this course is a revelation. I always think twice before spending money on training but this was worth every penny. Don't waste time thinking get your hand in your pocket and book a course with Tri-Coaching you will never look back."
Give me a ring if you would like to discuss any of the details or call 0800 058 8009 to book your place over the phone.
Here are ten tips that you might like to consider when training:
1. Start with the customer and never lose focus on them
2. Your training should apply to the cognitive (thinking), the affective (emotional) and the psychomotor (physical) processes
3. Invent training activities that are fun
4. Keep it simple whenever possible
5. Have great resources - the more the merrier
6. Stay in touch after training - use technology to keep connected
7. Know your facts and be able to dispel the myths
8. Telling is not training - learn to educate the person
9. Learning is the goal - reflect to evaluate your own performance
10. Work to the mantra 'Learner-centred - Performance-based'
The whole purpose of training, instruction and education is to help people learn.
The BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development will help you develop the skills to implement these top ten tips. Here's what your fellow ADIs are already saying about the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development.
Kevin Graham from Carlisle'So why choose to do the BTEC Level 4 in coaching with Tri-Coaching? Isn't that a good question? I mean why would you spend your precious time and money doing some CPD when you could be out there doing something less boring instead?
BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO!! Since completing my BTEC 4 in coaching just over three years' ago my training skills and business have grown beyond all my expectations.
I am now charging £32 per hour which is £5 more than my local competition. My pass rate has risen to an all time high of 90% and my reputation within the Carlisle area is out there on Google for all to see (try searching for 'Driving Lessons Carlisle')
Oh ... and I smashed the Standards Check with a Grade A too. I believe that all that I have achieved in the last three years would not have been possible without the professional help and support that Graham Hooper and Susan McCormack have given me during my studies and continue to do so as I plan to invest again in the 'Train The Trainer' course.
Call Graham or Susan today and invest in your skills and future today.'
Stephen Philipson from Carlisle'Ok, I'll admit it! I was probably the most sceptical person I knew about coaching in driver education. However after first being curious, I booked the BTEC level 3 mainly due to great recommendations about the trainer in our area. After that I could see the benefits but couldn't fit it in with what I was doing. So, convinced this was the right way to go I booked the BTEC 4. Graham and Susan are great! Very helpful but you do have to work. I'm now sold! My training is changing for the better. Don't leave it too late! Don't wait for the letter from DVSA. Book it now! It will change everything.'
Rob Sefton from York'I successfully completed my BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development between 2012 - 2013 and found the course was extremely interesting and motivating with fantastic support from Susan and Graham at all times.
In 2016 I did the TCIT Train the Trainer course and although I have previously worked in driving instructor training it was well worth doing. On this course I got a lot of new knowledge and again support and I am pleased to be part of their instructor training team as I fully believe in their products. Susan and Graham are excellent trainers who have real passion for their subjects and create a fun, friendly learning environment at all times.'
Lee Jowett from Manchester 'I've completed both BTEC Level 4 and the Train the Trainer courses. Both of these courses have been delivered at an exceptionally high standard. Both of these courses have been fun and enjoyable but most importantly both of these courses have added value to my company. Fantastic value for money, helping me grow my business for the future.'
The question is, are you ready to develop yourself and your business and add that extra value that only self-development can bring?
Please click here for further information about the BTEC level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development.
Here are our next BTEC Level 4 courses:
Newport Pagnell 14th September
Nottingham 10th October
Gatwick 30th October
Back in April 2017, we announced that the driving test will change from 4 December 2017. The changes include:
Any test taken on or after 4 December will be the new test. So, we want to make sure you have the information you need to prepare your pupils and help them stay safe on Britain’s roads.
Following my last blog, I’ve received a number of questions about the changes so I wanted to give you more information about they’ll work during test.
We’re revising the manoeuvres so they better reflect real-life scenarios and how people drive today.
It’s vital your pupils know when it’s safe to carry out these manoeuvres, and when it isn’t.
Pulling up on the right
This manoeuvre involves pulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reversing for approximately 2 car lengths and then re-joining the traffic.
Whilst the Highway Code advises not to park against the flow of traffic, it’s a legal manoeuvre that’s carried out by a lot of drivers on today’s roads. You might use it when pulling over to nip into a shop, post a letter, deliver a parcel or even if you live on the right hand side of the road. So, it’s important learner drivers are trained to do it safely.
All your pupils will need to be prepared to pull up on the right when safe to do so, and then reverse. If a vehicle pulls in front then the exercise will continue. If a vehicle pulls in behind and stops your pupil from reversing, then the exercise will stop and another manoeuvre will be carried out later in the test.
Forward parking in a bay
An essential part of everyday driving for most people is the ability to park safely.
We know that sometimes it can be more convenient to drive forward into a parking bay, such as in a supermarket car park when loading shopping, which is why we’re adding this to the test.
We understand you’ll need to use a car park to let your pupils practice this manoeuvre. We know you’ll be considerate of the car park owners and their customers by varying the car parks you use and moving on promptly.
Managing real distractions
Our research shows that 52% of car drivers now have a sat nav so it’s important that drivers can use them safely. Using a sat nav on the test means that examiners will be able to better assess how pupils drive independently whilst dealing with distractions. Before the test starts, the examiner will secure the sat nav on the car dashboard using a special dash mat.
During the test your pupil won’t need to touch the sat nav. The sat nav screen will be on throughout the test but won’t show directions until the independent driving part of the test, when the examiner will activate the pre-loaded section of the route. The sound will be used for the independent driving part of the test unless your pupil asks for it to be turned off.
The sat nav we’re using
We’ll be using a TomTom Start 52 for the test, but I’d like to stress that it doesn’t matter what sat nav you use for lessons.
Our examiners won’t be looking at whether your pupil can set up and use a sat nav. They’ll be assessing how they manage the distraction whilst driving.
Your pupils can practice with any sat nav, including using a mobile phone as a sat nav. As long as the phone is suitably mounted and your pupil doesn’t adjust the phone whilst driving it’s not illegal.
As we’ll be using our own sat navs with stored test routes, it would help your pupil’s test run more smoothly if you remove your sat nav before their test. Leaving your sat nav in the car could create an additional distraction for your pupil or make it more difficult to set up the examiner’s sat nav.
Following road signs
Your pupils may still be asked to follow road signs during the independent drive rather than use a sat nav. It’s important your pupils are taught both methods of navigation as 1 in 5 tests will still follow road signs.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
We’ve updated the ‘show me, tell me’ questions that your pupils will need to prepare for from 4 December. The main difference will be that one of the show me questions will be asked while your pupil is driving. But, the main topics have stayed the same.
Changing the routes - improving road safety
We’re committed to reducing the number of young drivers who are killed and seriously injured in road collisions. Most fatal collisions happen on high-speed or rural roads, so we want to make sure that everyone can use these roads safely.
Revising the manoeuvres will allow more of these high-risk roads to be included in driving test routes, as they won’t all need to be carried out on quieter side streets.
Using a sat nav on the test will also help to introduce better routes and different types of roads. Currently we carry out the independent drive on quieter side streets where there are more traffic signs for your pupil to follow. Using a sat nav means we’ll be able to conduct more of the test in more challenging driving environments such as on rural roads where there are fewer traffic signs.
How we’re assessing deaf drivers
We want everyone who's able to drive safely to be able to take and pass their driving test.
We worked closely with the British Deaf Association and showed them a demonstration of the new test when we were trialling the changes.
Their feedback was positive and they agreed to introduce a sat nav to the test made it easier for deaf drivers to have directions communicated to them, as they’ll get a visual aid.
There’s a good write-up on the British Deaf News website with more information about the impact the changes will have on deaf drivers.
Get in touch
We’re excited about introducing these changes to the test so that a new generation of drivers will have the skills and knowledge to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
If you have any further questions about the changes, please ask them in the comments below. We want to make sure you have the information you need before the changes take effect on 4 December.