Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors author Susan McCormack chats coaching, driving instructor training & Game of Thrones
Interview with Susan McCormack Tri-Coaching Partnership Co-Managing Director. http://www.drivinginstructortrainingcourse.co.uk/ As a Director of Tri-Coaching Partnership Limited Susan McCormack is responsible for gaining centre approval from Edexcel to deliver BTEC qualifications and for writing the BTEC Levels 3 and 4 in Coaching for Driver Development. She trained to become a driving instructor with BSM in 1985 and worked at Nottingham BSM centre for three years before becoming an instructor trainer, based in Birmingham, until 1995 when she became the Research & Development Manager at BSM. Her roles at BSM gave her invaluable insight into every aspect of driver training. She was responsible for the development of the instructor training programme, the content of the driving simulator and several CPD courses, as well as writing books and other training materials and delivering courses. She worked closely with Nottingham University to develop a hazard perception programme for the driving simulator, which then formed part of an important research project into how drivers perceive and respond to different types of hazards. In 2006 Susan joined a new driver training company and wrote their instructor training programme and accompanying BTEC Level 4 in Approved Driving Instruction. She then went on to co-write the BTEC in Driving Science. Self-employed since 2008 Susan has been teaching learner drivers, training driving instructors, delivering fleet and CPD, whilst also completing an MSc in Driver Behaviour and Education. She lectures occasionally on driver coaching at UEL and writes for ADI News and the MSA Newslink magazine. She also speaks at conferences around the country. As a trainer and course developer, Sue believes passionately in improving road safety and is forever seeking out new ways to empower newly qualified drivers to avoid and manage the hazards on the roads that risk ruining their lives forever. Using all of her previous experience Susan has now developed the Tri-Coaching Partnership driving instructor training course (TCIT) that is used in many independent and multi-car driving schools. Susan is also an expert in the DVSA Standards Check for driving instructors and the part 3 for potential driving instructors. Susan is ORDIT registered and of course a Grade A driving instructor who scored 51/51 on first Standards Check. Susan also wrote the model of goal setting and risk management which is widely used by driving instructors and forms the basis of our standards check workshops. https://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com/susan-mccormack.html https://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com/ https://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com/
Kent Driving Instructor Trainer & CPD specialist Auriel Weatherall discusses her successful journey. Auriel's decision to become a driving instructor has led her on a remarkable journey of continual professional development. Starting her career at the beginning of this century she decided to invest in becoming the best driving instructor she could be. The courses she has undertaken include Advanced driving techniques essential if you are looking to take your part 2 drivin test. ORDIT The official register of driving instructor trainers which is where the DVSA will direct you if you want to become a driving instructor. ADI training in the join the fleet register of trainers. The BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in coaching for driver development if you want to develop your client centred learning techniques. Auriel is a grade A Standards Check trainer and scored a fabulous 48/51 on her last ORDIT standards check. If you think your career has stagnated as a driving instructor and are looking for inspiration on how to make the most of your career as a driving instructor then Auriel lives in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey. You can contact her via our website at Tri-Coaching Partnership. https://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com/drivinginstructortrainers.html and you can find out more about becoming a driving instructor by visiting the website below http://www.drivinginstructortrainingcourse.co.uk/
Tri Coaching Fiona Taylor talks continual professional development, coaching and behavioral change. Fiona specialise's in CCL (Client Centred Learning) and Coaching for Driver Development, having passed the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development in 2011, she has continued to develop and advance my skills in helping you master your own. The course lasts for one year and is a Vocational Qualification, so I had to develop and practice the skills every day to change and improve. It launched my Career into multiple avenues; and my lesson delivery improved vastly, benefiting those in the Driver’s seat. In 2018 I was invited as one of only 4 other Professionals Nationally to Deliver that same BTEC Level 4 in Milton Keynes, and now Kent. I deliver the Course for one week at a time to other Driving Instructors who travel at 3 monthly intervals to attend and complete their year of training. The BTEC Level 4 course lasting one whole year is the equivalent standard to a first year of a Degree at University. The awarding body is Pearson. Delivering the BTEC 4 course is one of my proudest achievements to date. Coaching, in my opinion is an approach that empowers the Driver to learn in the ways that suit them the most. The relationship is equal and non-judgemental. Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. Coaching, if you choose to learn with me, is a holistic approach to you and your learning. We will use your existing skills as a pedestrian, cyclist, passenger and adult! You have a lifetime of experience which should not be discounted, but embraced! You have a lot of experience as a road user already, and we, as a team, will use THAT wealth of knowledge, adding in some car control to develop your confidence and skills at ‘reading the road ahead’! Nervous learners, or Full Licence Holders or anyone with extra needs for example people with Dyslexia or Dyspraxia are very welcome! I am confident that I can help you learn the best way – YOUR way! You are welcome to enjoy a taster session with no financial commitment you can find out more here https://fionadrive.com/adi-pages/the-... BTEC 4 Coaching Course Content The course is split into 4 modules, each with a one-day classroom session which is backed up by a self-development project or assignment. There is also a fifth day which is delivered in the car. Module 1 This unit focuses on client centred learning and the importance of effective communication in order to facilitate the development of safe, responsible drivers. Module 2 This unit focuses on the use of feedback as a means of facilitating the development of both the driving instructor and the learner driver. Different feedback techniques are examined and practised in a classroom context prior to the candidate experimenting with them in real-life driving situations. Module 3 This unit focuses on the importance of structuring a coaching conversation during a driving lesson to achieve raised awareness and self-responsibility on the part of the student driver. Module 4 This unit focuses on the Goals for Driver Education and considers how these can be achieved through driver coaching. The Goals for Driver Education is a framework which sets out the competencies that should be achieved in order for newly qualified drivers to remain safe and crash free on the roads. In-Car Coaching This is a day in the car with a trainer and three students. The day takes place on the Sunday before the final classroom day in Module 4. In-car coaching is an opportunity for students to practise everything they have learned so far in a practical environment. They will be looking at structuring a coaching conversation by using GROW and delivering this conversation with essential coaching skills of rapport, listening, questioning, feedback and intuition. Fiona offers Standards Check Training https://fionadrive.com/adi-pages/stan... aCCeLerate Coaching days https://fionadrive.com/adi-pages/acce... You can also find a free guide on how to become a driving instructor https://fionadrive.com/train-to-be-a-...
My Tri Coaching Journey September 2011 - Today
Why did I book onto the course? I booked onto the course as a way to find out more about coaching and how i could use that in teaching learners to drive. I had been teaching for about 4 years and wanted to use different techniques to teach, rather than using the way i was trained to deliver a lesson. I had become fleet registered and liked the way you trained full licence holders to develop their skill set and thought why can’t we use the same methods in beginner learner drivers.
What was i expecting? I was expecting to be told what to do, how to do it and when to do it and then go away from day 1 with all the tools to put into practice.
What did i find out on day 1? From day 1, although i had done my research, i have always had the mindset that i’m not good enough, but after a few minutes of talking to the other attendees i found that we were all there for the same reason, to learn. All from different backgrounds and places but with a common ground of wanting to improve themselves and their business. Then came the bombshell that you had to write assignments. I haven’t written since being at school and how was i going to be able to do that, because i wasn’t very good at writing and to this day, it’s not my strong point. It was also mentioned that it was at a level equivalent of 1st year at uni! Well that nearly put me under the table. How was i going to be able to do this? I don’t have any qualifications and can only drive various different vehicles and hold a ADI badge. I would definitely need help and i certainly got that from Sue, Graham and later on Sara and Di.
How did i find the assignments? The assignments are concise. They give you clear guidelines as to what you need to do and examples of how to do this. We also spoke about this at the end of day 1 and i learnt a lot from the way you structure a report and to actually read the question. I got home, choose the lessons i was going to use for task 1, practiced, made notes and got home to write my notes up. I was so proud that i had actually completed 4 pages of A4 paper, don’t think i ever did that at school, and duly sent it off to Sue for marking and feedback. The support i receive did not ridicule me, as i was at school, but it was constructive and helpful in respect of what i need to look at and how i might be able to improve the report. I can still remember the words that Sue responded with, That’s really good Kev, but you haven’t answered the
question. Back to the drawing board and i think this happened twice more, but i kept getting better and i eventually got to submit the task. Happy face
What did i learn from the course?
● The course can be completed and that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t written anything since being at school, because you don’t really actually write a lot.
● You learn about yourself and the type of person you are, the way that you interact with your students, the way this then affects what goes on in the car or in a lesson.
● Everyone is different and that a one size fits all approach will just not work for everyone and that you need to vary your teaching style to suit the learner.
● The classroom is a safe place to practice, talk and express your thoughts that will then help you go away and practice with your students.
● Reflection. The ability to reflect on the lessons not just for the student but also myself. I found out that if i changed what i was doing then the chances of learning taking place improved and then the learner goes away happy. Gibbs reflective logs are so relevant to myself now as they were when doing the course.
● It helped my business. My business is going from strength to strength. I have a reputation and that has meant an increase in prices and working in a variety of fields that require my specific coaching skills.
What did the course give me? The course gave me so many different things. Personally, i’m more confident in what i deliver, whether that is lessons, fleet training, ADI development, presentations or just talking to various people. I wasn’t the most outgoing of people but this course opened my eyes to myself and what I know, what i do and how i do it, that i have become a one of the trainers. The confidence not just to put my prices up, but to be able to have the belief in myself and what i do, knowing that i will give the best service that the client wants and needs. People will buy me rather than the product which is a fantastic place to be which i can almost certainly would not have happened if i had not done the BTEC 4.
Where am i now? I now deliver the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development, which is just amazing. Being asked to do this was just an honour as i know how much it has changed myself and to be able to give others the opportunity to experience the same, you can’t really put into words. I deliver SC workshops, in car groups and also 1-2-1
I deliver the Accelerate coaching course, which is a 2 day stepping stone in to coaching course. I am a Driver Metrics accredited trainer, which means i get driven around by fleet drivers working on their driver behaviour, what causes them to drive in the way they do and then being able to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash which again focuses on road safety, a passion of mine. I am a TCIT trainer which gives me the opportunity to help people become driving instructors using the best and up to date product on the market. A real selling point when talking to potential clients. I can also offer rescue packages for people that have failed tests before and now looking to make sure they pass and pursue the dreams they have made.
What will happen in the future? I know Tri Coaching have future plans to develop and i am just pleased to continue my journey in partnership with them. They are supportive and honest which are among some of my own values so let see what the next experiences bring and challenge myself.