Huge thankyou to Carol and Frank , passed my test first time because of two brilliant instructors. Both incredibly friendly, calm and helpful people, couldn't of done it without them constantly building my confidence. Huge thanks again and would 100% recommended to anyone looking to learn to drive. From Sophie Dennet.
Do you want to learn to drive? Jake Galloway passed his driving test first time in Lincoln today, because he chose the right driving school. If your answer is yes to the above question then give us a call. Contact Carol on 07908 652 715 or Frank on 07850 668 950
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Latest review for Frank Hodgson.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Frank for all his help with my recent driving test. After failing my test 3 times a few years ago with a different driving school I thought I would never be ready to sit my test again. Frank was brilliant, he really helped me build up my confidence and was always patient with me and challenging me to do more. He made my lessons enjoyable and has a brilliant sense of humour which really helps. I went into my 4th and final test feeling confident and ready to take on anything that the examiner asked and passed with 4 minors. I cannot thank Frank enough for his help, I would recommend him all day long to anyone. I am no longer a nervous driver! Thanks Frank Holly Moncaster
At Tri-Coaching we believe the proposed changes to the Part 3 test are positive and eagerly wait for them to be put into place. The changes are all about an 'as...sessment' that assesses whether the PDI is able to ensure learning takes place and is able to give value for money.
PTLLS - now, Level 3 in Training and Education - and all teaching qualifications on this level - have focused on a 'micro teach' as a means of summative assessment of the candidate's ability to ensure learning takes place. The candidate picks one topic and prepares this - structuring, planning and practising it before delivering it to a group of peers and an assessor. The new-style Part 3 will be no different and an excellent assessment of learning taking place, value for money being given and the ability to keep the car safe.
The Standards Check form consists of three higher level competences - Lesson Planning, Risk Management and Teaching and Learning Strategies - and 17 lower level competences, against which the candidate will be assessed. This is a far more comprehensive and thorough assessment of competence than the old-style Check Test or Part 3. The pass rate on the Part 3 is consistently less than 30% - often closer to 20% - and only 9% of those people, who sign up to become ADIs, actually complete. IMO this is because most people struggle to learn off by heart 10 PSTs and how to deliver them. This is not natural and is counter-productive. It does not give trainee driving instructors a well-rounded education that will help them teach safe driving for life. It prepares them for a test and then encourages them to prepare their learners for a test.
As is currently the case with the Standards Check certain topics will be discouraged. For example, if you cannot demonstrate your ability to manage the risk, because the car never moves, you will fail. Cockpit drill and controls, new manoeuvres etc. will not be suitable to demonstrate that the candidate can give value for money, ensure learning takes place - and keep the car safe. Some people have suggested that teaching a motorway driving lesson in an automatic to a FLH will be a 'cop-out'. I struggle to understand how this can be the case. How many gear changes do I need to make when driving on the motorway? Lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies will still have to be demonstrated. I really don't know that I could deliver a great lesson to a FLH on motorways in one hour. My goal setting questions and client-centred learning skills would have to be second to none. So good luck to anyone, who can pull this off. They would make a very good driving instructor.
ORDIT will need to change of course. The assessment will need to be based on the National Driver and Rider Training Standard - Unit 6.6, which is all about the role play. Role play is a training technique, critical to training someone to become a driving instructor and being able to deliver realistic, well-structured, risk-managed and effective role play is very important. This is my only hope - that all trainers will recognise that ORDIT is a worthwhile standard to attain. With this Standard in place, the training can at long last stop being about passing a test and, instead, all about becoming a driving instructor, delivering great lessons and giving value for money.
Another great result today and a big well done to Aislinn who passed her driving test in Lincoln with an awesome driving instructor Paul Watkins. Interested in learning to drive then pick up the phone and call Carol on 07908 652 715 or Paul on 07800 657 564. www.lincsdrivingsolutons.uk
Frank does it again, a big well done to Stan Harris who passed on his first attempt in Lincoln today. If you want a top notch driving school that deliver quality training then look no further! Contact Carol on 07908 652 715 or Frank on 07850 668 950 www.lincsdrivingsolutions.uk
**DVSA Changes could mean road safety risks and threaten driver training standards and jobs**
(A message from John Farlam of Smartdriving.co.uk)
Last week a DVS...A press release informed the industry that the ADI qualifying process will change from October 2nd 2017. You can see a copy of the release as published by the ADINJC in the link at the bottom of this post.
The press release suggests that the change will be an improvement. There are many who believe that it will have a severely detrimental effect on:
• Road Safety
• Some ADI Trainers
• Some ADI Students
• All ADIs
• Organisations that employ or sub-contract ADIs
- The consultation process
There are around 40,000 registered driving instructors and several large road safety organisations in the UK. My research thus far shows that a seeming majority were unaware of any proposed change.
The consultation so far has included a basic questionnaire to 160 trainers, with only a 45% response rate, and consultation with industry representatives from NASP, AA, RED and a small number of individuals.
A large number of driving instructors and others who are legitimate stakeholder groups have been unaware of the proposed change.
A consultation concerning change of this magnitude should be wider ranging and not simply a ‘box ticking’ exercise to demonstrate that ‘best practice’ principles have been followed.
- Potential impact of the changes on road safety
The current Part-Three examination is in need of change – this is not under dispute – however, the exam works at a positive level in that:
1. It ensures that a broad curriculum is studied by Student Instructors
2. It tests ability across a range of competencies demonstrating that a candidate can attain a basic standard for teaching beginners, intermediate and qualified drivers
With the new test a situation where, for example, a test candidate arrives for test:
• With a full licence holder
• In an automatic car
• To do a lesson on entering and leaving a motorway
The lesson could have been practised and rehearsed several times in the days/weeks leading up to the test.
If the candidate passes he/she would then be a fully licenced ADI who could take out absolute beginners in a manual car the very next day!
This is the equivalent of:
• Giving a schoolchild an list of A Level questions weeks before the exam,
• Asking which single question they would like to answer
• Then allowing them to learn and practise for that single answer.
If they then pass they would be granted the full ‘A’ level… Regardless of any gaps and omissions in their knowledge.
Effectively the DVSA are proposing that students can design and practise their own test.
Can you imagine a school teacher qualifying only on the basis of one observed lesson - chosen by the student teacher?
Another serious issue is that the location of many test centres is such that, only a learner that has reached a given level of competence would be a suitable candidate to be the ‘client driver’.
This means that an instructor’s ability to teach basic skills to new beginners will never be tested.
In order to reach ‘part-three’ students must pass a multiple choice theory test and exacting driving test – so it is probable that they will have a good level of knowledge, however, having the knowledge and being able to deliver it to address a broad skill set are two very different things.
DVSA might well argue that all ADIs are tested periodically and that any weakness would be picked up in a later assessment – however, this could be more than a year away, and the same testing criteria still apply. There is no telling what damage could be done by poorly tested, under skilled ADIs.
Easy-fix: As one of the most experienced and longest standing ADI trainers in the UK and as head of training for the largest UK ADI training company have a reasonable grasp of the ‘art of the possible’.
It would be perfectly possible to develop a ‘fast track’ training programme that would get students though the proposed qualification with approximately 50% less training than at present. And with at least 50% less skill.
This cannot be considered an improvement in standards – and it is a potential time bomb for road safety.
- Potential impact of the changes for some ADI Trainers
The DVSA does not have to consider the commercial interests of ADIs and Trainers. Therefore I suppose that for some trainers the new system will be ‘just bad luck’.
Large companies like my own will have strategies to deal with whatever changes are ‘imposed’ but it won’t be so easy for individual trainers. I might not like the changes, but if/when they come in I will ensure that we offer the best possible training that any new ‘commercial realities’ will allow. This could mean lower standards.
Some trainers are sole operators who only do ADI training or who do a mixture of ADI training and fleet work – they are not connected with a driving school. This means that they could find it difficult to provide drivers/learners for the test.
It has already been reported to me (in the lead up to publication of the changes) that some trainers are looking for alternative jobs or sources of income.
Some companies believe that there is a profit opportunity to retrain trainers and that student instructors will then get better training and be better qualified. While I hesitate to use the word ‘naive’ I think the real likelihood is that the changes open up the floodgates for ‘watch this video and pass Part-Three’ products and ‘learn to be an ADI for £400’ (or less) packages.
The changes will undoubtedly lead to the industry losing some of its best trainers – those who run small, often one-person, businesses and who give dedicated personal attention to their clients.
- Potential impact of the changes for some ADI Students
Some students will find it difficult or impossible to find a ‘real’ learner for test purposes – this will potentially make qualification impossible for some.
The number of test-centres where Part-Three exams are conducted is set to increase, but unless the exams are available at ALL test centres some students will incur substantial extra costs in exam preparation.
They will need to learn the test area, an area where they will not be working after qualification, and they will have to travel to that area several times with the ‘test driver’ thus incurring extra costs in time and fuel – this could rule out the possibility of qualification for low waged or unemployed students. It could lead to others breaking the law by taking ‘fuel money’ or other benefits (out of necessity). There is one school of thought that says exchanging free lessons for the learner making themselves available for test is payment in kind – and therefore illegal.
What will happen if the student is let down by the driver on the day? Day off work (lost day’s holiday or lost earnings), travel expenses, test fee? You can bet DVSA won’t be paying!
It’s probable that more students will be ‘forced’ down the Trainee Licence route; I can envisage a situation where large organisations start to make Trainee Licencing the ‘normal and natural’ route to qualification. This would make commercial sense.
More Trainee Licences will suit driving schools and some student instructors but will be totally wrong for others because of the cost implications. There are also potential implications regarding the service/standards of instruction offered to the public.
Many students are not interested in the Trainee Licence route. They either want to work for themselves after qualifying, or to qualify and then look for the best franchise to suit their wants and needs.
A ‘default’ situation where students are pushed towards a trainee licence will greatly increase their cost of becoming an ADI as they will usually be bound to a one or two year contract with the associated franchise fees. At best they might be ‘saddled’ with a minimum term car leasing agreement.
Some students in full-time work would find the Trainee Licence option unworkable.
All of this makes the proposals inequitable.
- Potential impact of the changes on all driving instructors
There are two areas in which driving instructors could be affected.
1. Lost income to ‘free’ lessons
I estimate that out of five or six thousand people in the qualification process somewhere in the region of 4000 students might want to practise giving lessons at any given time. If 1000 of these students practise with full licence holders there will be 3000 ‘looking for learners’.
If each student does just 10 hours free training with a learner the cost in lost revenue to instructors as a whole could be £750, 000. The likelihood is, however, that over an average 8 to 10 month study/training period my suggested 10 hour figure could be tripled or quadrupled bringing the lost revenue figure to £3,000,000. Spread over the industry this would only cost each ADI around £80… But if you work near a busy Part-Three test location there could be a proliferation of student instructors offering free lessons.
2. Significantly more instructors ‘flooding’ the market place
DVSA have expressed concern about the low qualification rate for ADIs. This exam could change this – with no increase in standards.
One possibility is that the new qualification route will increase the numbers entering the register – if this happened, as has been seen before, there would be downward pressure on driving lesson prices.
More significant is that many experienced instructors may choose to leave the business only to be replaced by under skilled, inexperienced replacements.
We all have to get experience in our work. But the driving instructor is dealing with something that has the potential for life or death from day-one.
The proposed changes will mean that there is a high chance that many new instructors will be unprepared on day-one.
DVSA Press Release on changes to Part 3
TRADE PRESS RELEASE: Changes announced to improve the ADI part 3 test in line with the standards check
Industry informed changes to the ADI part 3 test assessment of instructional ability will be introduced on 2 October 2017....
Tom Brookes wrote a review about Frank whose daughter Maddison passed her driving test first time. I would like to say what a great instructor Frank is. He has really put himself out to help us out after another instructor us down. He is a real credit to your driving school. Thank you Tom Brookes.