The standards check announcement should be nothing to worry about

So, as you’ll know by now, the DVSA have given more information on how the standards check will be changing. For the full communication from the DVSA, you can click here. I wrote an article detailing my reaction in a blog post in the immediate aftermath of the initial announcement earlier in the week, which you can read here. There seems to be a lot of concern within the driver training community around the recent news from the DVSA, particularly over the way driving instructors will be called for the standards check. In fact, it’s sent people into a bit Read More …

Response to the standards check announcement

Wow what a stir! The DVSA have certainly got everyone’s attention with their latest email. If your pass rate is low, expect a standard check sooner. But let’s look into this and why this is happening. For those who missed it, DVSA sent out a communication yesterday indicating that instructors who have had a ‘substandard test’ or ‘failed to attend a check’ will be prioritised for future standards checks. They have confirmed that they will also be using information in your driving test analysis report (including your pupils’ serious and driving faults) when deciding who to prioritise. This means that Read More …

The biggest secret to improving your teaching

how to be a better driving instructor

While this big secret is going to help you massively with teaching your pupils, I’m not going to be specifically telling you it. You’re going to find out the secret for yourself. It’s something that will help your training massively and you will suddenly understand how to teach so many things you did not know possible. Let me explain 👇 A little background first Let me give you of some context as to where this secret comes from. Before founding my own school, I was a full-time employed instructor trainer for many years. Before that, I was an instructor trainer Read More …

Minors on a test, why are they so bad?

I hear and see an awful lot about minor driving faults on a driving test. Since 1997 the Driving vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) then the DSA, removed the use of ‘minor’ in a complete revamp of the driving test process. Let us look back at the old system. In the old system it was very possible for a pupil with 6 minor faults to pass and a pupil with 5 minor points to fail. Why? Because in the opinion of the examiner their driving was good enough. It was very subjective. As you can imagine, many driving instructors would argue Read More …

This will help you breeze through your part 3/standards test 💨

driving lesson planner on car seat

It must be 14 years ago now when, as a full time driving instructor trainer, I began to realise how people were struggling with their driving instructor training. Back then I worked for The Instructor College full-time and saw between 4 and 8 trainees every single day. So many were struggling with the part three test yet to me, it seemed very easy. The teaching materials provided by the College were vague to say the least – a series of drawings put together in a book for each of the pre-set-tests (PSTs). Many of you will remember that back then, Read More …

Passing part 3 (or standards test) is EASY!

driving instructor standards check

It must be over ten years since I penned an article of almost the same title. This article is the updated version of that one. When I say updated, most of it is still true today and the mysteries of passing these tests are nothing more than following the simple rules. The rules are laid out by the DVSA in their Standards for driving instructors, but this can all look very daunting to the new instructor. Let me begin. Part 3, and when I say part 3, take it to mean the standard test too, is NOT about impressing the Read More …

In 2021, We Make Our Own Luck…

goodbye 2020

Well, 2020 is almost over and what a year it’s been. Who would have thought this time last year that in order to go into a bank, you’d have to wear a mask, that our hands will have seen more alcohol than we drink in pubs or that when we used to tell the kids “you’ll never accomplish anything” how wrong could we have been? But all jokes aside, it’s been a difficult year for most. Some of you have had a real struggle I know and it’s wrong that some people have benefited from this lockdown situation and done Read More …

🎬 Video – How the examiner marks, and the standards test.

how the driving examiner marks

⏮️ Previous video Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel Dave FosterDave Foster MA, Dip.DI (or Driving School Dave) is the most qualified driving school owner in the country, after completing his Master’s Degree in Driver Training Education in 2011 at Middlesex University. He also holds a diploma in Driving Instruction and is a Cert Ed. qualified teacher. Dave is the founder and Managing Director of 1st 4 Driving Ltd, and also looks after over 15 driving schools across the country on a consultancy basis. 1st4driving.co.uk

The one simple question you can ask pupils that will transform your teaching

Where do you go to when you want advice? Facebook, reference books or rely on knowledge? I ask because I am absolutely amazed at the number of wrong, mis-advised and some downright dangerous comments and advice I often see. OMG, I can almost see the hairs going up on peoples necks and the shackles coming out!! Let me state my defence your honour. As driver trainers, we teach driving and as such we teach not only the practical elements but should teach the theoretical elements as well. Even if we don’t actually teach the theory, we should be at least Read More …

Am I still technically allowed to work during lockdown 2?

lockdown driving instructor

Today I received yet another message: “can we work?” I have to pause to remind myself as an educator, why people ask questions. It’s because they don’t know the answers. To many, it appears to be very clear – but equally to many it’s not clear. I try to put my research hat on and look at the facts and I must say it all seems odd. I can certainly see why driving instructors could be confused by this whole situation. The Government announced a national lock down from 5th of November to 2nd of December. This caused nationwide confusion Read More …