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Standards Check – The Death of Traditional Teaching?

September 17, 20140 Comments

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In this blog I thought I would quickly talk about the Standards Check again as it keeps popping up and I know it is a big thing for everyone at the moment.
The question I wanted to put to you is do you think the new Standards Check is the death of traditional techniques? Do you have to do coaching instead of traditional? The short answer is no.
The point of the Standards Check is to allow the DVSA to mark different styles of teaching. So if you have a different style of teaching they now have a box to mark you for it. If you use lots of coaching techniques, that will be fine and if you use lots of traditional techniques that will also be fine.
The client centred learning bit isn’t a coaching or traditional and it is not a teaching techniques but it is the way you interact and deal with your customer. So the client centred learning is a bit different and you can catch-up on webinars about this subject on the website.
Whether you do traditional or coaching techniques once the vehicle is moving it is totally up to you. I you normally teach I a traditional style then use traditional. If you usually coach then use coaching.
Client centred learning isn’t about either of those. It is about giving your client what they are looking for, the experience they want and the lesson that is tailored towards them. If you were going into a shop to buy a hat you would not be expected to be told what hat to buy; you would want help from the assistant to choose a hat that is suitable to you.
So, if you teach traditionally then keep doing so but use other techniques as well to help your pupil get the best out of their lessons.

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.

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