In June, I blogged about the work that we’d been doing at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to create guidance to help driving instructors carry out mock driving tests. We’ve done this because:
- 1 in 5 people who fail the driving test incorrectly think it’s because they were marked too harshly
- 1 in 10 people who fail the driving test say they failed because of their nerves
So far, the new guidance about how to carry out mock driving tests for your pupils has been viewed over 20,000 times. If you have not had chance to take a look at the guidance yet, I’d encourage you to take time to do it soon.
Positive feedback from our mock test webinars
Since I last blogged, we’ve run 4 webinars with over 1,000 driving instructors to tell you more and answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who registered and came along. We were asked some really great questions, and it was good to be able to answer them for you.
I’ve been delighted by the feedback we’ve had about the webinars. Of those who gave us feedback:
- 96% said they found the content of the webinar extremely useful
- 99% said they would recommend the webinars to other driving instructors
- 99% said they would attend future webinars
- 97% said they found the registration process extremely easy
Here are some of my favourite comments that we received.
The dialogue opened up the different perspectives and priorities from ADIs and from DVSA. It certainly will contribute towards a collaborative, partnership, approach moving forward.
Although I have sat in on tests it's not something I have positioned positively with students, however understanding that you are encouraging this practice has already changed my attitude.
I found it all very interesting - being able to listen to questions and answers so that we can make it an easier conversation with our pupils about getting our points across - using the correct words/terms when doing mock tests and our everyday teaching.
Watch the presentation and question and answer sessions
I completely understand how busy you are and that it was not possible for most ADIs to come along to one of the sessions.
We recorded 3 of the webinars and you can now watch these back. We’ve split this into 2 videos.
Presentation about mock tests
In this 16 minute video, you can watch the opening presentation that we gave at the start of each of the webinars.
Question and answer sessions
In this 2 hour and 6 minute video, you can watch the question and answer sessions from 3 of the webinars.
To help you navigate to specific questions, we’ve added timestamps to the video description. You can select the relevant timestamp to jump to a particular question and answer. Or if you want to watch in full, you can watch it here.
I’m also grateful to Andrew Love, Training Team Leader at the ADI National Joint Council (ADINJC) for joining us as a guest in 2 of the webinar question and answer panels, and to my colleagues John, Nick and Adam for their support.
Talking on driving instructor podcasts
I’ve also been really lucky to be a guest on 2 driving instructor podcasts over the last few weeks talking about mock tests and other driving topics.
I’m very grateful for the warm welcome I received from Peter, Nick and Elliott at Dipod and from Terry at The Instructor Podcast.
I’d encourage you have a listen (and not just to the episodes featuring me!). Here are some links to get your started.
Keep a record of this professional development
And remember, watching the videos or listening to the podcasts all counts as continuing professional development. So keep a record of what you do.