Road Safety GB has unveiled plans to develop and deliver a training course to help Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) develop their skills and meet the requirements of the new grading structure that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced on 7 April 2014.
The DVSA has introduced the simpler three-grade Standards Check for instructors in order to help learners and their parents identify the best instructors. All qualified driving instructors are checked at least once every four years to ensure they continue to meet the required standards. ‘A’ grade (85% or over) indicates an overall high standard of instruction. ‘B’ grade (60% or over) indicates a sufficient level of competence, while ‘Fail’ (less than 60%) indicates an unsatisfactory performance.
Road Safety GB is working in partnership with eDriving Solutions to develop a ‘client centred learning (CCL)’ course for the UK’s 40,000 ADIs which will be managed locally by Road Safety GB members, who will use ADIs to deliver the course. Many Road Safety GB members have ADIs on staff, or work closely with ADIs. Road Safety GB will ensure the course standards are maintained across the country.
Ian Edwards from eDriving Solutions, said: “The DVSA has made it clear that it intends to move to what it describes as a ‘client-centred learning (CCL)’ approach to driver training.
“This is causing a great deal of concern among ADIs as many instructors are unsure what CCL is and how it relates to driver education. In particular, CCL is being confused with coaching approaches which form some elements of a CCL approach, but by no means all.
“As such, demand is expected to very high among ADIs for the course we are developing.”
Alan Kennedy, Road Safety GB’s head of business development, said: “The course has been developed by eDriving Solutions and will be licenced to Road Safety GB. eDriving Solutions will also provide a two-day ‘train the trainer’ course for Road Safety GB members who wish to provide the course in their local area.
“The course is designed to ensure that the standard of driving instruction is raised in accordance with Road Safety GB’s charitable aim to improving road safety.
“It also offers the opportunity for Road Safety GB members to generate valuable income by delivering the course in their local area.”
The course was successfully piloted earlier this year in partnership with Buckinghamshire’s road safety team, who will handle evaluation of the course. ADIs who attended the pilot course gave it excellent reviews.
Road safety teams requiring more information or wishing to register interest in becoming a course provider should contact Alan Kennedy by email.
ADIs wanting more information or wishing to register interest in attending a course in their local area should click here.