ADI standards Check Assessment and Coaching

Thank you Chris for bringing me up to date for my standards test. I have enjoyed driving instructing for many years, and needed support to bring me in line with recent changes. I enjoyed your company and help, and passed!

The SE said: “Well done Phil for the development since the previous visit and for being prepared to incorporate new techniques. Keep up the good work”

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Chris for his help in preparing me for my first Standards Check. It’s always a worry when you get that letter through the door. After a coffee and a chat it was just a relief to have somebody in my corner and I knew everything was going to be ok. Chris was professional and very informed. After receiving an A grade I would recommend Chris to any ADI facing their Standards Check.

Our Trainer:

Our Standards Check Trainer (Chris Howard) has recently (01-02-2017) had his very own SC. We are pleased to report that he achieved a Grade A with 49 out of a possible 51 maximum points and was disappointed to have dropped 2. The SE in the post lesson debrief was even kind enough to even suggest that if he was ever asked who to recommend as a trainer it would be him.

Chris Howard ADI | SC form | 01-02-2017

1.0 Why?

A SE recently said:- “the government wants to do something about the accident rate for new drivers”. This New Standards Check will assess your ability to help pupils reflect more, learn and improve. Originally it was solely based upon the ADI’s ability to identify and correct specific driving faults.

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) published the ‘National standard for driver and rider training’ during 2011 outlining what is needed to be an competent trainer.

The new structure replaces the old structure that was made up of 6 grades ranging from grade 1 to grade 6, which was not well understood by the general public. The move is part of a series of changes aimed at modernising the driver training industry. The clearer and simpler grading structure has been created to help Learner drivers and parents to make a more informed decision when choosing a driving instructor.

Both the new Standards Check and the grading structure have been designed to give ADIs and the public alike a clearer picture of the standards of tuition and delivery expected from driver trainers.

2.0 When you’ll be assessed/costs

At least one standards check in each 4 year period that you’re registered as an ADI

There is no cost for the standards test.

You will be removed from the register if you ultimately don’t reach the acceptable standard.

3.0 What happens in the standards check?

An examiner will watch you give a normal 1 hour driving lesson to your pupil.

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the National standards for driver and rider training.

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

4.0 How you’ll be assessed

Your ability on improving the pupil’s skills and understanding is assessed. The ADI’s task is to provide an effective learning experience for their pupil. An effective learning experience is judged to be one in which the pupil is supported to take as much responsibility as possible for their learning process.

17 boxes need to get 31 averaging about 2/box. min 8 in risk.

You’ll be marked on 3 main areas:

  • Planning a lesson
  • Risk management
  • Your teaching and learning skill set

These 3 core areas are split into 17 further areas of proficiency – a score of 0 to 3 for each.

0 – Completely unacceptable

1 – Not acceptable – more work/effort needed

2 – Acceptable – some areas of improvement identified

3 – Keep up the good work

You must score at least 31 to pass.

You’ll automatically fail if:

  • you get 7 or less for risk management
  • the lesson is stopped by the examiner

If an instructor receives a fail grade they will be given another standards check within 12 weeks to allow them to show that their level of tuition has improved and that they meet the standards.  Until such a time as you undergo the new Standards Check, your current grading is still valid and will remain in place. Instructors who fail 3 times in a row may be removed from the register.

4.1 Competence standards examples

0 – No Evidence – Not even trying to understand what the client wants to learn.

1 – Some Evidence – Maybe a few questions are asked about what the client wants to learn but broadly ignores the answers.

2 – Some Evidence but doesn’t use it 100% effectively – An understanding of how important to understand the client’s learning needs, trys but struggles to fully frame the lessons around those needs

An ADI may have knowledge of a pupil’s learning goals from earlier lessons. If this becomes clear during the lesson then, logically, it would also be wrong to give a 0 against the first competence.

4.2 Your test grade

After the assessment the examiner will tell you what grade you have achieved and give you a copy of the assessment form .

0 to 30 (0-60%) Fail Your performance is unsatisfactory

31 to 42 (61-85%) Grade B You’ll be added to the register of ADI’s or remain on it

43 to 51 (86-100%) Grade A You have shown a high standard of instruction,and will be added to the register or remain on it

You can read detailed information about how the examiner assesses your skills.

The 7 Common Failure areas – so far:

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has identified the most common failures in the Standard Check for driver trainers.

The Standards Check assesses competence across 17 areas and having reviewed assessments undertaken between 7 April 2014 and 30 June 2014, the DVSA identified that the following areas contributed most frequently to test failure:

1. Lesson plan – was it changed appropriately to reflect modified learning goals within the lesson time?
2. Responsibility for risk – was both the pupil and instructor clear on who was doing what and when at all times?
3. Teaching style – was it appropriate for the pupil’s learning style and present ability?
4. Analyse Problems – was the pupil encouraged to take responsibility for their learning by self reflection and analysis?
5. Feedback – was the pupil given timely  and appropriate feedback during the lesson?
6. Safety Critical incidents – did you deal with this appropriately and did the pupil fully understand all the implications?
7. Reflection – was the pupil encouraged to self reflect on the lesson and how they performed?

“…….Looking at this feedback from the DVSA, it seems to point towards the fact that a proportion of ADIs are not embracing client centred learning, and developing ‘thinking drivers’. It is imperative that ADIs encourage their learners (pre and post-test) to become active problem solvers and not just passive receivers of knowledge, as this is superficial and won’t fully prepare people for a lifetime of safe driving……..”
“…..this evidence suggests that some are not recognising the changes and perhaps are not fully conversant with the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training……..”