At Tri-Coaching we believe the proposed changes to the Part 3 test are positive and eagerly wait for them to be put into place. The changes are all about an 'assessment' that assesses whether the PDI is able to ensure learning takes place and is able to give value for money.
PTLLS - now, Level 3 in Training and Education - and all teaching qualifications on this level - have focused on a 'micro teach' as a means of summative assessment of the candidate's ability to ensure learning takes place. The candidate picks one topic and prepares this - structuring, planning and practising it before delivering it to a group of peers and an assessor. The new-style Part 3 will be no different and an excellent assessment of learning taking place, value for money being given and the ability to keep the car safe.
The Standards Check form consists of three higher level competences - Lesson Planning, Risk Management and Teaching and Learning Strategies - and 17 lower level competences, against which the candidate will be assessed. This is a far more comprehensive and thorough assessment of competence than the old-style Check Test or Part 3. The pass rate on the Part 3 is consistently less than 30% - often closer to 20% - and only 9% of those people, who sign up to become ADIs, actually complete. IMO this is because most people struggle to learn off by heart 10 PSTs and how to deliver them. This is not natural and is counter-productive. It does not give trainee driving instructors a well-rounded education that will help them teach safe driving for life. It prepares them for a test and then encourages them to prepare their learners for a test.
As is currently the case with the Standards Check certain topics will be discouraged. For example, if you cannot demonstrate your ability to manage the risk, because the car never moves, you will fail. Cockpit drill and controls, new manoeuvres etc. will not be suitable to demonstrate that the candidate can give value for money, ensure learning takes place - and keep the car safe. Some people have suggested that teaching a motorway driving lesson in an automatic to a FLH will be a 'cop-out'. I struggle to understand how this can be the case. How many gear changes do I need to make when driving on the motorway? Lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies will still have to be demonstrated. I really don't know that I could deliver a great lesson to a FLH on motorways in one hour. My goal setting questions and client-centred learning skills would have to be second to none. So good luck to anyone, who can pull this off. They would make a very good driving instructor.
ORDIT will need to change of course. The assessment will need to be based on the National Driver and Rider Training Standard - Unit 6.6, which is all about the role play. Role play is a training technique, critical to training someone to become a driving instructor and being able to deliver realistic, well-structured, risk-managed and effective role play is very important. This is my only hope - that all trainers will recognise that ORDIT is a worthwhile standard to attain. With this Standard in place, the training can at long last stop being about passing a test and, instead, all about becoming a driving instructor, delivering great lessons and giving value for money.