The aCCeLerate Btec Level 3 and Btec Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development Courses have been popular for a few years now; and long before the DVSA brought in the changes that we now recognise as the new Standards Check.
The changes from the dated ‘Check Test’ to the newer ‘Standards Check’ now include sections dealing with “Risk Management” and “Teaching and Learning Strategies”. These are by no means new or complex ideas for ADIs to incorporate into their lessons. In fact, dealing with these and safety critical issues is something you do every day, but understanding how you can use your Student further to assist you in that task is covered in detail during the aCCeLerate Course.
The aCCeLerate Course, amongst other things, highlights and develops skills in:
- Questioning Techniques beyond ‘Q & A’
- and Learning Styles/Strategies that engage the Students
Confidence and a developed knowledge in the skills listed above, directly empowers you to be able to score highly in the relevant sections of the Standards Check when you are invited to attend. Early preparation is preferred by many ADIs.
Coaching and Client Centred Learning identifies areas where you involve the Student with setting their agenda and participating fully in their learning. These skills really do help Students become engaged and attentive during your lessons!
Encompassing the changes to the Standards Check structure compared to the old Check Test has been very difficult for some, and effortless for others. As with anything, the only way we can ‘know it’ is to experience it personally, and prepare for it in advance, if you consider it necessary.
From my personal point of view, the best professional decision I ever made was to change to Coaching, because it is a Client Centred Approach, which by definition, is what the DVSA are looking for.
In case you have not yet seen a copy of the Standards Check Form*, please click the link below
*Form (SC1) - http://fionadrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dsa-standards-check-form-example.pdf
Until next time, please enjoy your days!