Ten great tips to help you pass your Standards Check and Part 3
If your everyday lessons meet the National Driver and Rider Training Standard, in terms of delivering value for money, ensuring learning takes place and the car is kept safe, then the Standards Check would not be the thing of fear it so often is. So, here are ten great tips recommended for you by us at Tri-Coaching Partnership. These tips may require, time, money and effort because the vast majority of us have to work hard to be good at what we do.
1. The first tip is to train to the Standards.
2. If you don’t know what the Standards are, you can look them up here.
3. If you are still unsure, you can buy Route 51:
4. And, if you are still unsure, you can enrol on one of our workshops:
5. If you need to check that you are applying the Standards correctly, book a one to one training assessment:
6. To practise your lesson planning, check you have routes that will match your learner's ability and learn how to hold coaching conversations, our BTEC level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development will help you:
7. If you are unsure how to give and receive feedback by using great coaching questions; or how to develop your listening skills so as you can implement the best teaching and learning strategy for your pupil, you can learn how to by enrolling on the BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development:
8. If you don’t want to jump right in to the BTEC 4 then use our aCCeLerate course to start to develop these skills:
9. If you have mastered all of the above but want to move away from just teaching learners then use our Train the Trainer course and then go onto become ORDIT registered and never do a Standards Check again.
10. Our Coaching Excellence in Presentation Skills course will grow your confidence and continue to develop your skills:
If you are serious about your business and want to charge the best rates and be rewarded professionally and financially for your achievements, then you must be serious about your Continuing Professional Development.
And, remember, if you have completed the BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development; and done the Train the Trainer course, then consider becoming one of our Trainers and start delivering CPD to ADIs.
Tri-Coaching Partnership is an award-winning company that specialises in ADI CPD. If you want to learn more, go to our website https://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com or give us a call on 0800 058 8009, or email us at email@example.com or simply send us a text to 07740174893.
Make this next year be the year that launches you and your business into the next decade.
The Tri-Coaching Team
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Many thanks from the Tri-Coaching Team
TCP Office: 0800 058 8009
The five real reasons ADIs and PDIs don’t score well on their Standards Check:
1. Lack of knowledge
If you want to do really well at something, you need to know your stuff. That is, stuff like: why people crash, crash statistics, where people crash, what times of day people crash, what types of crashes cause most fatalities? How do you prepare your client to focus on what are the real causes of crashes? Are you familiar with the Goals for Driver Education (GDE); and are you using and applying the DVSA Syllabus and Standards?
2. Lack of confidence because of lack of knowledge
Some PDIs and ADIs get nervous because they don’t know their stuff. They don’t apply the Syllabus and Standards effectively and take little time to reflect on how their pupils might learn most effectively. They don't know about different learning theories, such as, Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory, Constructivism, Behaviourism, or Gestaltism. As a teacher, trainer, coach, or instructor, having multiple methods to help someone learn accelerates the learning process and prevents the training from being too test-focused and skills-based.
3. Lack of CPD
It takes time and effort to research and understand different learning theories and the reasons we crash. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an ongoing commitment that is addressed in Unit 5 of the DVSA Driver and Rider Training Standard. Taking regular CPD will grow your knowledge base and therefore your confidence.
Are you happy to settle for a Grade B? Do you convince yourself that it's okay because it puts you firmly in with the majority; and your methods appear to work because your pupils pass their test? Complacency is often a by-product of a fear of failure and results in a lack of enthusiasm and motivation to improve.
5. Lack of planning
Despite around four years to prepare for a Standards Check, how many of us actually use this time wisely? When the brown envelope falls through the door, panic often sets in. If you follow the advice to 'just do what you normally do', and what you normally do doesn’t match the standards, you're not going to get much more than a Grade B and you might even fail. Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance.
Tri-Coaching Partnership offer solutions to these problems - solutions that take time, money and commitment but that deliver fantastic results - many of our clients achieve Grade A and some even hit the magic 51.
Come and see what we have to offer with our brand new Standards Check and Part 3 Workshop, designed to help you meet the DVSA Standards and gain a Grade A.
Book your course by following this link
Standards Check & Part 3 Workshop
Follow the links below for your workshop, there are now limited spaces on both courses.
Crawley 24th January 2020
Maidstone 3rd February 2020
This compact workshop runs from 11am to 3pm and helps you prepare for either the Standards Check or the Part 3 test. Refreshments are included.
During the workshop you will be introduced to Tri-Coaching’s Model for Goal-setting and Risk Management (as featured in the new edition of Practical Teaching Skills by John Miller and Susan McCormack). The Model presents the 17 competences on the Standards Check and Part 3 marking sheets in an easy to digest format. This massively simplifies the whole idea of delivering a great driving lesson where learning takes place and value for money is given.
Real-life scenarios and exercises will further bring clarity to what is often a daunting and nerve-wracking experience.
You will also go away with a new copy of the Route 51 workbook and online webinars (worth £75) so that you will be able to continue to work beyond the workshop building your confidence in preparation for your Standards Check or Part 3.
At the beginning of April 2019, ORDIT (the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) changed to be in line with the Standards Check and Part 3 assessment criteria.
Tri-Coaching is an ORDIT registered training organisation, believing in the importance of having highly skilled trainers, competent in training and developing new and existing driving instructors, so that they can go onto:
We look forward to seeing you there.
**If you haven't done any instructor training before but would like to diversify into this area, you might like to consider one of our Train the Trainer courses first.
Fiona Taylor ADI writes:
I was with a new learner driver a couple of days ago, and we were mischievously chuckling as we watched a small tractor unit with a leaf blower attached to it.
The reason we were giggling was because, as the driver chugged along, he was magnificently clearing the path of fallen leaves... which swirled in golden majesty up and behind him... only to fall as a perfectly even carpet on the path a few metres behind - just as they had been a few moments before!
It was mesmerising and comical all at the same time!
What has this got to do with a Leaf Blower?? ... Well...
We had stopped the car to discuss my pupil's upcoming test. Notably, she wanted to know what the Examiner would be expecting of her.
I find these types of discussions a massive challenge - not for the discussions themselves - but for the effect that it has on me as a Trainer....
I find I catapult myself back into my old training habits. Ones which I have worked hard to eliminate a far as I can. I prefer to be 'solution focused' as opposed to being a 'fault finder'!
(This is my preference, and it is not aimed at being a slur on anyone else)
I will explain a little more if you would like to follow:
My initiation into Driver Training 18 years ago was Fault Identification, Fault Analysis and Fault Remedy. To deliver training as 'this is wrong change it - I know why you are doing it - do what I say and change it - I am the expert'.
It worked... I don't deny that.
I do feel, though, like I was using a Leaf Blower with this method! For example: When a driver wasn't checking their mirrors I would identify that fault, give a full talk through and briefing on where, how and why they need to check them. Then give a full talk through, prompt and then be gleeful when (if) they were independent by the end of the session!
The following lesson?... yup!... no mirror work!! There was no permanent change to their behaviour because the learning had not come from within. The teaching was motivated by me. There was no commitment from the Driver for any long-lasting behavioural change.
The old method was similar to the leaf blower; moving the leaves (or mirror work) in a big flurry of activity as I went through the fault Identification, analysis and remedy! The very next lesson there were hardly any mirror checks because the Drivers were not invested in the learning. It was externally manufactured by me, so the swirl of leafy activity mirrored the Driver resorting to their old behaviours of rarely checking their mirrors in subsequent lessons... the leaves falling exactly where they had lain before, is the analogy.
This repetitive part of the job used to drive me nuts - and was the reason I decided to book on the next BTEC 4 Coaching Course! To me it is obvious that the Driver is the one who has all the power! They hold the key to long-lasting behavioural change. I needed a course that focused more on Behavioural Change techniques than the hierarchical exchange I find so ineffectual.
... and the BTEC 4 helped me gain the tools to engage Drivers to make their Learning more permanent.
Contrary to my former life... on the occasion with my Driver the other day, she read the reverse of the DL25 section 14 about use of mirrors....we chatted about her preferences so far... and she adapted a little last week... but had a much better idea of what was expected of her on test.
... and today.... without any mention, discussion or hinting from me at any point, she began narrating upon her timing and use of mirrors. She kept bringing it up when she missed opportunities!
It has been hard work for me to change my training approaches since 2011, yes - but thank goodness for that BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development! Come and join Kev Field and me on the next BTEC 4 course starting on Thursday 5th December in Milton Keynes.
I got my love of the job back!!
Coaching Excellence - Presentation Skills
All of us, from time to time, fail to 'show up'. What we mean by 'show up' is to present ourselves in the confident way we would like to be. This can happen for a number of reasons, mainly to do with our nerves, resulting in us under-performing. Sometimes this happens around tests; in interviews; giving presentations or when meeting a new client - we just don't feel confident. How valuable would it be for you to be able to manage these situations and know that you're going to 'show up' with the best version of you?
Imagine the pleasure you would gain being able to switch on that 'show up' feeling when you are commanding the centre stage.
What often puts us off embracing new challenges is fear:
How about some of these:
The first step is knowing you need to be on this course.
Our Coaching Excellence - Presentation Skills course is designed not only to give you the ability to stand up and talk to people but also to enhance your confidence in many and varied ways. You can create that air of confidence anytime that you need it. It is a skill that can be learned and we have a wonderful course that will do just that for you.
The second step is booking your place.
You can book your place for as little as £25 per week.
For more details of the 3 new course dates and payment options, follow this link.
It could be the best decision you make this year.
See below for some of the thoughts from people who have attended the course.
"I have just been on the Tri Coaching Presentation Skills course which went way beyond all my expectations. I didn’t quite know what to expect but the course content was excellent and a personal game changer for me! From the first day, I started to change the way I thought about myself and how I presented to others in ways that I could not have done before, a super powered, ultra bright lightbulb moment!! I learned so much about myself and started off with my usual anxiety about getting up in front of people to actually wanting to get up and do something more! I’m really excited about my future now with my new found confidence and would definitely recommend anyone who would like to become more confident in talking to others 1-1, in a group or delivering courses. It’s not just about confidence though, it’s also about being aware of yourself and you have to do that before you can move on and change how you interact with and help empower others. Thank you to the amazing Susan McCormack and Sara Everett-Skinner for a wonderful 2 days of CPD"
"I've just completed the Coaching Excellence in Business Two Day Presentation Skills Course. A brilliant two days. For anyone interested in developing their business skills and venturing into other areas. We had a lot of fun on this course whilst learning, developing and knocking down barriers. I've learned the importance of the show up and now understand how to overcome feelings that have always inhibited me in the past.
Thanks Susan McCormack and Sara Everett-Skinner"
"Another fantastic course by Tri-coaching! Just completed a two day Presentation Business Skills workshop, not only does it focus on business it is also personal to my own development. I have realised my appearance is important to me, my voice is better than I thought and people who put me down or try to piss on my bonfire are really just afraid of my skills. Learning comes from within, I learnt it's ok to be myself and I don't need to work too hard to make a good impression as I am good enough as me! Power-posing and power Ballard's are all I need to be who I truly am the rest is my natural personality."
Book now follow this link
First a swear word alert! (apologies if you are offended by those kinds of words)
I am one of those people that struggle to remember acronyms or mnemonics... I am timid to say I avoid giving them to new drivers.That is probably because I struggle so much with them; though I am sadly conscious of the fact that I might hamper their progress because of my preference.The reason for my post is twofold (I can't believe I used an antiquated term like 'twofold'!! - must be an age thing!)
1 - Because I (and the driver I write about) hate mnemonics and acronyms [eg MSPSL, IPSGA MSM etc] because we can't remember what the letters stand for though know the principles involved!
2 - Because we used an acronym and had such a ball with it for the past two sessions! So, M (my New Driver) and I are allergic to words, acronyms, IQ, mnemonics and using clever words etc. I pretend to myself that I am being 'client centred' by mirroring and matching the language patterns that M uses... it is true, though, that it has helped us with rapport over the weeks!
Last session, I noticed once again how M has a 'pattern' that hinders him. I strive to help people to conquer their 'barriers' to learning - and this barrier has been a little more of a challenge than most! M will be extremely conscious of what he views as 'mistakes' or 'faults'; and I am happy to report that I can sometimes prevent the distracting obsessiveness that creeps in afterwards. But often not - especially now that he is in that awkward 'Conscious Incompetence' phase of driving where he knows what he 'wants' to do; and knows that he didn't achieve it! He tends to berate himself and uses swear words to put himself down.
So I asked him to pull up. I did not ask him to recall his drive - I asked for the solution.. as is often the case, he reverted quickly to fault finding. I hate to admit to how easy it is to slip back into that - so I will gloss over my thoughts on this [or am I 'fault finding' of myself?] To quit the lengthy explanation and cut to the chase - I asked him to use a swear word as a mnemonic or acronym to devise HIS plan on approach to roundabouts! The swear word was "Sh*t" It stood for: Steady Handling Improves Thinking.
It is HIS, it made no sense to me, so I took a photo of it and we drove off to act on his plan. We had an absolute ball, what a laugh! It TOTALLY changed the dark place he goes to, into a fun filled joy fest. The mnemonic worked a treat mostly because we could both be so childish about it.
The phrases were similar to:"I am going to make this roundabout proper Sh*t.... I Sh*t that one right up....Remember you're Sh*t.... They didn't have their Sh*t together did they?....That was even Sh*tier than the last one!....
It was a very bubbly M that left his session and it was the principle not the mnemonic that worked... I can prove that because the next session highlighted similar issues with other junction types and meeting situations. I remembered the fun and laughter that changed the outcome of his session last time. I remembered the Sh*t mnemonic......... but what the heck did it stand for? ... I asked M and he couldn't remember either!
As usual we had the 'word' but what the letters stood for? No idea! Luckily I had my photo so we had a look at it and we were pleasantly surprised at how good M had made it! ... and then laughed at how Sh*t we are at remembering Sh*t! So we re-used the idea to develop meeting situations and that quirky right turn... M also linked in how it is the same thing for any potential 'new' issue that might throw him in future e.g. if he is confused by a junction or what is happening on the road ahead!
It amuses me that we used something that neither of us like to a great benefit... and we didn't even remember what it was though the longer term effects are still so evident!
Learning can be fun too!
Thank you for this enlightening blog written by Fiona Taylor ADI
Keeping young drivers safe during early licensure: RAC Foundation (DOP: 9/19)
This study, carried out for the RAC Foundation by Dr Bruce Simons-Morton, a distinguished academic from the USA, concludes that young drivers are likely to moderate their behaviour behind the wheel if they believe their actions will get back to their parents.
Read the full report
'Well what can I say? I absolutely dreaded standing up in front of everyone. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. What a revelation! I felt comfortable to be myself. You have no idea what a journey this is for me. I am excited by all the possibilities too. What a fantastic lot of course trainers Tri-coaching has. Thank you all of you for letting me be me! You seriously have to do this course. Its got so many varied aspects to it. Engaging and brilliant. Thank you Susan, Graham, Diane and Sara.' Julie Mansley
It is important as a developing driving instructor that you have 'more than one string to your bow' and there is no better way to add more to yours than taking our Presentation Skills course.
So what is the Presentation Skills course all about?
You might think we are going to tell you where to stand and how to use power point, flip charts and other visual aids. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth because presentation skills are all about how you engage with your audience - whether that is on a one to one basis, in front of a small group, on a Standards Check or at a large event. We focus on self-awareness and the importance of understanding your strengths and weaknesses; and how your emotions affect your behaviour.
This is a two-day course that will help you discover your own ability to communicate and engage with people effectively in every walk of life, giving you methods to overcome natural nervousness and low confidence - whether that is with your learner drivers or family members; or promoting yourself on video to attract more business; or public speaking at a conference, meeting, wedding or other event.
You will receive a certificate of course attendance at the end of the two days; and, if you are successful with the optional assessment, you will subsequently receive a certificate of accreditation from Tri-Coaching Partnership.
Our next course runs on 30th and 31st October and is limited to 12 places - there are only a few places left.
Take a look at some of the testimonials we received after the last course.
'Mind is awash with possibilities that these 2 days have opened up. Another fantastic course from TCP....seems to be a common theme. Thanks Susan, Graham, Sara & Diane for a fab couple of days and all attendees for making it such a blast!'
'Got to say, I was not sure exactly what to expect from this course. I am absolutely delighted I have done it. It has helped so much, and hopefully will give me more opportunities in the future. On the course I have laughed, cried and learnt, thanks to EVERYONE who was there.'
'I can say that I wasn’t sure what it was going to be about . But 1 thing I can say is that I’ve learnt so much . The biggest realisation is self awareness. It will help me now and really pleased I was part of it working with and along side some great people. I hope it will open up some great opportunities going forward for me and everyone involved. Thank you Susan, Graham, Sara and Di'
'Most courses I attend are great and I get a lot from them. A few courses are supreme and I gain a great deal out of them. This course was a life changer for me! The start of new possibilities facilitated by the Tri-Coaching Team and supported by the colleagues I cherish! Most important is what I have within myself as a result of participating as I (and all of us) did! It cannot be taken away from me. Who knew 'Presentation' could mean so much? Thank you to everyone present for the safest environment to grow and evolve. I must say I witnessed the most detailed and comprehensive mind map being developed today. It was compelling as was the enthusiasm and support we shared. Would I pay and do it again? Hell yes!'
'Hi everyone, what can I say about the TCP Presentation Skills course... I've attended "presentation skills" courses before and taken something away from them. However, the focus of previous courses has been an "Tech Etiquette" rather than skills. The TCP course targets the skills the person presenting has to master in order to present effectively and well. What am I taking away from it? A genuine feeling of "fitting in" without compromising individuality, and a fuller understanding of the phrase "All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall!" (Speak with Terry for more info on that one!) Finally I will, from now and forevermore associate Tony with Pink Floyd. Oh and of course Maureen the mover, chair dancing world champion and her jugs of success.'
'Finally home from another superb Tri-Coaching course on Presentation Skills. This course is right up there with the other quality products on offer and having gained immensely from the 2 busy days working with some of the top trainers around, I have no doubt that this course will be a major success. I recommend this experience without hesitation. Many thanks to everyone involved for an excellent 2 days; well worth the effort- it was everything I hoped for and more.'
'Amazing course. The mind is a bit blown....'
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