Following the 12-week suspension of NDORS classroom-based courses, UKROEd is trialing an online version of the National Speed Awareness Course.
The move is part of the organisation’s response to the unprecedented challenges being caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
UKROEd has been working with behaviour change academics to develop and quality-assure the new ‘iNSAC’, which will be available at the discretion of police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The first courses were rolled-out on 27 March – just seven days after the classroom based courses were suspended.
Although much of the content of the iNSAC course remains similar to the classroom version, there are some changes:
- The online course is shorter, lasting approximately two and a half hours, compared with the four hour classroom-based course
- The ways in which course trainers interact with participants is different
- Clients work in groups of eight with one trainer, whereas the classroom version is based on 24 clients and two trainers
- Instead of receiving a logbook for the course, clients will need to have pen and paper available, as making notes and writing an action plan remain key parts of the online course
A UKROEd spokesperson said: “Our dedicated team members have worked together to review the classroom course and develop a high-quality digital option.
“The changes have been driven by the need to recognise that we interact differently online from how we interact in a classroom setting. It is also vital to understand that the course has to work on different technical delivery platforms, and it must work equally well for all clients who choose to take the option.”
The digital course will be reviewed after 12 weeks.