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DVSA - APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR - CHECK TEST INFORMATION

 

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CHECK TEST OVERVIEW

You have to take at least 1 check test during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an approved driving instructor (ADI).

You still have to take the check test if you:

  • don’t have a pupil
  • don’t have a car
  • are not currently working as an ADI     

The test makes sure that you are keeping up the proper standards of instruction.

It lasts for about 1 hour. There’s a 15 minute debrief at the end of the test when you get a grade of your performance.

At the end of your check test, the senior examiner will:

  • give you your grade from 1 to 6
  • discuss your performance with you
  • give you a copy of the marking sheet

Your grade will determine how long it’ll be before you have to take your next check test.

 

 

WHAT TO TAKE TO YOUR CHECK TEST

You must take these to your check test:

  • your approved driving instructor (ADI) certificate
  • a suitable car

 

Rules for the car you use for your check test

The car you use for your check test must:

  • be roadworthy, safe and reliable (ie: it is less than 3 years old or has a valid MOT certificate)
  • have working rear seat belts
  • be fitted with L plates (or D plates in Wales) if you’re instructing a learner

 

Cars you can’t use

You can’t use:

  • a soft-top convertible
  • a car with a 2+2 seating arrangement rather than full-size rear seats

If your car doesn’t meet the rules:

  • your test will be cancelled
  • another test will be booked as soon as possible

You can be removed from the ADI register if you keep bringing a car that doesn’t meet the rules.

 

 

APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR STANDARDS CHECK 2014

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have introduced a simpler and clearer grading structure for driving instructors. 

From 7 April 2014 ADI's on their periodical standard check will be given one of the following grades:

 

GRADE (85% or over) - an overall high standard of instruction


GRADE B  (60% or over) - a sufficient level of competence

 
FAIL  (less than 60%) - an unsatisfactory performance



The new ‘standards check’ will better assess ADI's on how well they meet the National Standard for driver and rider training, and how their instruction helps people learn effectively. 

The new standards check will enable qualified driving instructors to demonstrate their competence to deliver effective training. A high level of tuition can make a real difference in helping new drivers to become safe and responsible drivers. 

Currently the majority of driving instructors are DSA Grade 4 / DVSA Grade B, which means that they have demonstrated sufficient competence to remain on the register.

 

The DVSA want all instructors to strive to achieve the new A grade. They also want to work with the driving instructor industry to identify ways that they can help top grade instructors to promote the higher level of competence that they have worked hard to achieve. The Driving Standards Agency published the National Standard for Driver and Rider Training in 2011. It sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding that they consider you need to be an effective trainer. The new ADI check test will assess how well you meet the standard, which is why it’s being called a ‘standards check’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adi-standards-check-guidance-for-driving-examiners/adi-standards-check-standard-operating-procedure

 

 

NEW STANDARDS CHECK

DVSA want the Standards Checking Examiner to assess whether your instruction helps a person to learn in an effective way.

So, during the standards check, the examiner will observe you giving a normal lesson to a real pupil.

 

There’ll be a new assessment form which will have 3 assessment areas:

(1)  Lesson Planning 

(2)  Risk Management 

(3)  Teaching and Learning Strategies

The form will give you clear and specific feedback about your strengths and areas where you can develop your competence.

 

 

THE CHANGES TO THE ADI CHECK TEST

It is proposed to change the marking scheme of the check test, to incorporate the DSA's vision of 'Client Centred Learning' into the check test.

When implemented, the assessment competencies will cover three areas.

Planning of the Lesson, Having a realistic lesson plan and suitable route that is appropriate for your pupil, and developing an effective strategy for overcoming shortfalls in your pupil's driving.

Management of Risks,  Ensuring safety on the lesson this includes being proactive with your instruction to prevent potentially dangerous situations developing.

Use of  Client Centred Learning / Teaching Strategies. It is will be well worth taking some training in CCL teaching techniques. We use a very simple 'Cause & Effect' based training programme, other types of course are available throughout Britain.

Also, be aware of the contents of documents such as the GDE Matrix and the DVSA Driver & Rider Training Standard.

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESED

You’ll be assessed on your ability to show that your pupil has improved their skills and understanding, eg improved their ability to deal with a risky situation.

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence, which are grouped into three categories:lesson planning, risk management, teaching and learning skills

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 areas of competence.

 

SCORE                  DESCRIPTION

     3                         Keep up the good work
     
     2                         Acceptable - there are clear areas of improvement
   
     1                         Not Acceptable - more work needed
     
     0                         Completely unacceptable
 
 

 

THE MARKING / GRADING SYSTEM

A total score of 51 points is possible. 

You must score at least 31 with a minimum score of 8 in the 'risk management' section.

The examiner is now entitled to stop the lesson if you have put yourself or someone else in danger.

The ADI registrar will start removing you from the register if you don’t reach an acceptable standard in 3 consecutive checks.

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

 

TOTAL SCORE =  43 - 51   GRADE  A   You have shown a high standard of instruction, and will be added to the register or remain on it.

TOTAL SCORE =  31 - 42   GRADE B   You will be added to the register and remain on it.

TOTAL SCORE =   0 - 30         FAIL        Your performance is unsatisfactory

 

 

THE FOLLOWING SHORTFALLS WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC FAIL

  • Obtaining a score of 7 or less in the section 'risk management' (possible score = 15)
  • Failure to manage incidents involving critical safety issues effectively.
  • Failure to identify weaknesses or inform the pupil a critical safety issue has occurred.

 

 

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.

 

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