I understand that this may be a controversial subject and I am not judging anyone by my comments but I have been in this industry for many years, and it fascinates me when ADIs/PDIs discuss what reaching an ‘A’ Grade on their Standards Check or Part 3 means to them.
For some it is of no importance, provided they can do enough to get, or hang on to their ADI badge, it’s enough to get a ‘B’ Grade. Others strive to get the ‘A’ because if they are not demonstrating their skills to the highest level and satisfying the 17 competencies of the Standards Check or Part 3 assessment, then they feel that they have under achieved.
So, if we don’t rate ourselves by the grades that we achieve on our assessments, how do most driving instructors assess their achievement?
In my experience, most will tell me “I have a great pass rate” or “I get loads of recommendations, I must be doing a good job”
Let’s look at those two statements:
“I have a great pass rate”:
Most students will learn to drive eventually – fact. Some students will learn despite their instructors – fact. Some instructors use the most effective teaching and learning strategies developing students into well rounded drivers – fact.
“I get loads of recommendations; I must be doing a good job” –
Provided a driving instructor turns up when they say they are going to, are presentable, have a clean car and a car that the student enjoys driving, and they pass their driving test eventually, the student will recommend them to their friends. Students have no idea how good or bad their instructor is. Most of them stay with that instructor for the full term and have no-one to compare them with.
With this in mind, I have come to the conclusion that the only way we can truly say that we are delivering great lessons is by the DVSA assessment of the Standards Check or Part 3. So, surely every ADI/PDI should be striving for a Grade ‘A’?
I also understand that some instructors do not perform well on assessments because they “fall to bits”, what would you recommend to your students if they had a similar problem? More training?
What are your thoughts?
Have a great day!