How People Learn to Drive and how we can Teach them Effectively.So what does learning entail?Generally, we are looking to help our clients master basic skills; be able to deal with distractions and work at different levels across varied topics, from moving off and stopping to complex multi lane roundabouts. Our clients come to us at various stages of learning e.g. novice, partly trained, trained and full licence holder. We take the topics of learning to drive and apply them in a variety of weather and traffic conditions. We use mainly our verbal skills to help the clients learn, problem solve and make decisions - often under pressure from other road users.
We need to consider the most important factor - when it comes to learning, it is not what is learnt, but how it is learnt that matters.
Traditionally, we told people what to do and all that was required of them was to copy what we told them to do. This focuses on what the person needs to learn but doesn't consider how they need to learn it. For learning to be effective, the driving instructor has to adapt the information so that it is put across in a way that suits the individual.
This is precisely how times have changed - we meet the learner’s individual needs from a client-centred learning approach and, part of our role as driving instructors, is to understand how to help our clients learn.
There is a saying ‘a journey over 1000 miles starts with a single step', the problem, it should be in the right direction.
Now, we know that all learners are individual, however, there are similarities between learners, simply because there are similarities in how our brains work. Did you know, that we all have the same number of brain cells as Albert Einstein? Who’d have thought it!.
There is a saying: ‘use it or lose it’.
Our job, as driving instructors, is to encourage our learners to make new connections in the brain so that they learn how to apply the art of problem-sovling to a multitude of situations. We can do this by developing tasks that stimulate the learner to think and reflect, whilst at the same time, consolidating existing knowledge, so that learning is transferred from one task to another.
This is why the switch to coaching and client-centred learning has become so very important, and the traditional methods of straight forward instruction only have a place in keeping the car safe.
If you want to explore coaching for driver development we can offer you an introductory course. This course will help you develop and hone your coaching skills, increasing your capacity to give great learning opportunities for your clients. To find out more follow the links:
Reflective practices are so important
30th November - Zoom Standards Check and Part 3 Workshop
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The Zoom workshop is live training delivered to you by one of our ORDIT registered trainers.
The compact workshop runs from 11am to 3pm and helps you prepare for either the Standards Check or the Part 3 test.
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.
We will post a copy of the Route 51 workbook and email you the 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.
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LAST CHANCE Black Friday Save up to £250 Have you ever fancied training people to become Driving Instructors and didn't know where to start?
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Trainers who are using the Tri-Coaching Instructor Training (TCIT) package are achieving phenomenal results with outstanding success. We are getting so many first time passes for Part 3, and as an ADI, you might know that's not an easy achievement, especially as the pass rate nestles around 35%.
We have achieved this by putting together a fantastic Train the Trainer course, which comes with guidance notes, back up and support to take you through how to train someone to become a driving instructor.
Why might you be interested in training to train people to become driving instructors:
Anthony Finn Since July 2020 we decided to use the Tri-Coaching partnership to help us with the growth our driving school, we were a driving school with 26 driving instructors before we used the Tri-Coaching training we now have 52 instructors currently on our books with our last 26 instructors using or about to use Tri-Coaching as their training aid! Our ADI instructors have enjoyed using it as it straight forward to use and helps with the PDI development towards passing their part 3! We are now looking to push our success national using the Tri-coaching methods so if you are familiar using Tri-Coaching please contact us as we would love to talk you about working together.
Mick Knowles Expert Driver Training100% 1st time pass rate continues. On Thursday, one of my PDI's, oh sorry ADI's, Robyn Marshall, passed her Part 3. All 3 parts at the first attempt as well,3rd pass this year, 2nd using TCIT, all 3 passing everything 1st time., 7 more to go! 5 are TCIT customers.
Emily Johnson We have just signed up our 4th trainee, this will be our 5th franchisee and the 7th member of the fab driven team
Adrian Whiting.My 1/3rd first time pass in a row, I absolutely love this part 3 training course.
Jeff Tuck signed up my 2nd PDI
Carl Smith I thought I would just drop you a few words to update you on the results of our trainees that have used the Tri-coaching Part 3 material.So to date the following trainees have passed their Part 3 test with the following results.May 2021 – Inez Banfield – scored 34 (2nd attempt)June 2021 – S. Crosby – scored 38 (1st attempt)July 2021 – Ian Doyle – scored 39 (1st attempt)August 2021 – Lee Moye – Scored 39 (3rd attempt)November 2021 – David Wright – Scored 45 ( 1st attempt)
These ADIs are successfully making TCIT work for them .
Come and join them by attending our next course
An excellent 2 day course for ADIs, who are looking to become driving instructor trainers, and also existing trainers, who want to update their skills.
Are you interested in growing your driving school or expanding outside of your area; and would you love to have a ready-made training course that gives the trainee everything they need to become a great driving instructor?
Tri-Coaching Partnership has a complete online driving instructor training package with 12 in-car sessions and a Course Book, which you can use to deliver your driving instructor training. Here are some great reasons why you might want to come on our two-day training course:
There are limited places available on each course so book early.
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aCCeLerate your skills to help you pass your standards check
There are lots of courses that provide information on what to do on your Standards Check, but there are not many training courses that focus on the skills you need to pass your Standards Check.
Our aCCeLerate training course focuses on developing those under-pinning skills, that all of us need, to give a truly great lesson.
ADIs know what to do, but with only around 25% gaining an A grade, there will be a number of ADIs who do not know, sufficiently well enough, how to do it.
Our aCCeLerate training course will fix that problem.
Coaching and Feedback People become defensive very quickly, especially when they receive negative feedback. Negative feedback promotes a fear-based learning environment and can trigger a survival response in the brain: freeze, fight or flight. We naturally don't trust being told to act differently and this is one of the reasons people fear change. You may recognise this type of response if you are a driving instructor, when the switch was made from an instructor-led approach to client-centred learning. Resistance to change is difficult, our old behaviours are linked to fear of failure, fear of not being good enough or simply test-driven results. This is the number one problem with a fault-focused training approach based around test performance.
Giving advice can be a complete waste of your time. Here's why ...
When training clients, we should be looking to create individuals who think for themselves, rather than ones that just do as they’re told. Offering ideas and options might sound useful - and they will guide people's actions - BUT you run the risk of making them dependant on you for the answers!
Telling only really works as a short-term solution. No matter how many times you tell someone to use their mirrors before changing speed and direction when driving, you will need to repeat, repeat, repeat, your instructions until you’re blue in the face or the penny drops. There has to be a quicker way to enable someone to change their behaviour, wouldn't you agree?
Telling someone what to do, especially when it falls on deaf ears, is a waste of your time. If people rely on you for the answers, they will lose motivation to think for themselves. What's the solution?
It has to be coaching!
It's quite simple really, if we want to influence a change of behaviour, and you want to stimulate someone's thinking, then telling negates the ability for someone to think for themselves.
If you are interested in coaching for driver development, The BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development is the course for you.
If you want to know more about becoming a coach, we have a webinar you can attend on Monday November 8th @7pm, register here.
If you are looking to broaden your horizons and start coaching people, in life, business, health, wealth or any other area of development that you have a passion for, then attending our webinar is a must or you can always book a discovery call with Graham Hooper to find out more about how we can help you develop your coaching skills.
Tri-Coaching Partnership are a national, multi-award winning company with a dedication to serving you, our clients.
Leaving your comfort zone is not an easy decision to make - even though you want to make more of a positive impact on those around you and you know you have more to offer.
BTEC 4 Coaching Course Content
The course is split into 4 modules plus an evaluation day, each with a one-day classroom session which is backed up by a self-development project or assignment.
This unit focuses on client-centred learning and the importance of effective communication in order to facilitate the development of safe, responsible drivers. Effective communication is all about a balanced, equal relationship between both parties: the driving instructor and the client, where communication is authentic, neutral and non-judgemental. The aim of effective communication is to encourage learner drivers to take responsibility for the driving task so that once they pass the driving test and are independent, they know how to self-evaluate and avoid risky driving situations. Driving instructors will learn how to develop self-evaluation skills in their learner drivers through the use of probing questions which tap into underpinning beliefs and values. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss and experiment with a variety of communication techniques in a classroom environment before practising these in a real environment, thus demonstrating that they have met the assessment criteria and the learning outcomes for the unit.
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. Self-awareness and self-responsibility are crucial when giving and receiving feedback so the emotional intelligence of the driving instructor in the coaching relationship is also explored. Driving is a task which involves a high level of reflection and self-evaluation if it is to be carried out safely. The process of feedback is client centred and facilitates the development of the student driver so that they can evaluate and reflect upon their driving when they are unsupervised. Research suggests that the process of reflection reduces crash involvement so that if a newly qualified driver is involved in a ‘near miss’ incident and has been coached to develop self-evaluation skills, they will be able to reflect on this incident and determine how to prevent a similar one occurring in the future.
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. Coaching conversations can take place at several points throughout a driving lesson but will most often happen at the beginning when the goal(s) for the lesson are set. The aim of a coaching conversation is to ensure the ownership for the learning (CCL) remains with the learner. Comparisons will be made with traditional driver training versus client centred learning, so that the benefits of coaching conversations can be measured. Candidates will cover the content for this unit in a classroom environment where a model for structuring a coaching conversation will be explored. Practical application of this model will be assessed through the assignment which will be completed as part of a case study.
Practical Coaching evaluation day
The BTEC Practical Coaching Day is in the live Zoom classroom. This gives you the chance to practise your new-found coaching techniques. It will give you a great insight into your coaching journey so far. This will be delivered in a small group alongside a trainer who will guide your development.
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. Course participants will examine in detail the framework and consider why and how it can be applied to the learning to drive process. Traditional driving instruction focuses on core competencies of fault correction and levels of instruction in order to prepare student drivers for the driving test.By addressing the Goals for Driver Education driving instructors are encouraged to consider how the personality, beliefs and values of the newly qualified driver might impact on the way they handle the vehicle. In considering this, driving instructors must also consider what characteristics make a good driving coach / instructor. The content of the unit is addressed in the classroom through interactive exercises and group discussion, followed by practical application with an assignment.