New Standards Check Workshop

This workshop has been developed in light of the guidance given by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regarding the new standards check for driving instructors introduced in April 2014.  The course also equips you with a comprehensive reflective diary and support to help you develop a client centred approach after you have attended using a special support forum with extra resources dedicated for this purpose.

During the workshop you will learn about the practices and principles of client centred learning based on our straight forward ‘Three-hat’ approach (safety hat, advisor’s hat and coaching hat). You will learn how to apply this approach in your every day working life as well as the new standards check.  The workshop will give you a solid starting point to help you further develop a client centred approach. It will build upon what you already know rather than trying to de-construct what you already do well. You will learn how you can make the journey from teacher-centred to client-centred training without disruption to your business.

New standard check workshop attendees

Picture of just some of the ADIs who have attended Client Centred/Coaching courses in preparation for the new standards check

Recent feedback from independent driving school attendees

Below are just a few of the comments received

Jim Trafford
Alpha School of Motoring
Just a quick line to let you know that I obtained an A on my Standards check on December 4th. The course I attended on August 13th really helped both the teaching and especially the hand outs which I kept referring back to. I am now looking to improve my coaching skills and would appreciate it if you would let me have details of any availability of courses in 2015.
Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New year. Thanks again.

Judy Lawton (BTEC level 4 coaching)

The course is excellent value and I would recommend it to any ADI. The Standards Check was explained in simple terms and very well defined with good examples. Great day thanks.

Marie Haddon

I got a full house 51 marks Grade A. I am so proud and I wanted to thank all the LDC team.

Barrie Keast (BTEC level 4 coaching)

Having attended courses with Ged, Claire and Kathy and having attained BTEC Level 4 with Tri-Coaching, this course I have found more informative, and delivered in PLAIN ENGLISH. Bob’s enthusiasm is infectious.

George Popowycz

Better information than DIA and NJC. Good tutor very approachable. Good overall experience would recommend.

Julie Roberts

Compared to the Standards Check course run by the DIA, this made a lot more sense. Bob dispelled alot of myth and simplified my understanding of what is now required. I am now able to go away with the knowlegde and guidance of how best to adapt my current coaching techniques and prepare for my standards test. I’m also looking forward to experimenting with my pupils and building my confidence and ability further.

David Mckiernan

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for being there when you were really needed.  I’ve just completed a really successful day using my new found skills 6 of my 7 clients said that they enjoyed the new learning experience and it was very rewarding for them obtaining new skills.  I will be in contact soon regarding more courses.

Neil Temperton

Once again, thank you so much for hosting the CCL  Course . I found it to be extremely enlightening with regards to my impending standards check test [Obtained a grade A]. My congratulations to you on the way you presented and delivered the course . You gave me the knowledge and confidence to walk into test knowing in minute detail what to to expect. The coaching techniques you covered on should invaluable in my future development as a driving instructor.

Mark Thompson

Very helpful and has dispelled all the concerns I had. I’m also armed with real information and not rumour control.

Stewart Bailey

Having previously studied the examiners criteria, this workshop provided additional knowledge not previously considered. The workshop explains what and why, and also a bit of how, which was probably the most useful part for me.

Susan Price

Just to thank you for what was an excellent and informative course yesterday. Already putting what I learnt into use.

John Davdson

Very enjoyable well presented course. Feeling better about Standards Check now.

Terry spargo

Hi Bob just to let you know that  I passed my standards check with flying colours after attending your course. I enjoyed the day and can’t thank you enough for your help.

Harjit Bhambra

Gave me an excellent understanding of what is expected from the Standards Check.

Andy Wood

An excellent course that has given me a greater understanding of coaching and the new Standards Check. Coaching is not the mystery it was before today.

Jon Gore

Really hit the spot. Great mix of information and involvement.

Droe Kay

A toughly enjoyable course. Bob kept it interesting and fun. Will certainly recommend.

Leanne West-Wilson

What a great day – very enjoyable!!! Will be back for more.

Amanda Lockwood

Very enjoyable, friendly and informative course. Will be looking into taking some more LDC training.

Melanie McCormick

Was very interesting. Gave me better knowledge and understanding of the new Standards Check. This course should help me better my techniques.

Warren Coe

Really enjoyed the course and found Bob to be inspiring and helpful throughout the process. The recorded sessions with Bob’s learners in particular was interesting to see as it was real life situations rather than simulation.

Paul Conquest

Before the course I was baffled by all the different advice by some Associations including official advice “Do the same as you have done on previous check tests as it is not much different…” Bob has made it all a lot clearer and easier to understand. Now to put it into practice.

Course rating

People who attended the Workshop were asked to rate the course from very bad to excellent under the following headings. Below are the results of all the people attending up to 11th December 2014:

Content and management

Excellent 77%
Good 23%
Neither good or bad 0%
Bad 0%
Very Bad 0%


Excellent 73%
Good 26.7%
Neither good or bad .3%
Bad 0%
Very Bad 0%

Support for learners

Excellent 76%
Good 24%
Neither good or bad 0%
Bad 0%
Very Bad 0%

86% ticked Excellent on at least one of the above headings

Since the new workshop started over 350 people have attended and of those who have taken a standard check since, 84% gained grade A and no-one has failed. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn from those who know how to apply client centre learning highly successfully for real and not just in theory. The LD System was the first client-centred driver training system of its kind launched back in 1987. The workshop is very interactive and provides an ideal forum in which to get a clear understanding of what to expect on the Standards Check and how to go about developing the client centred techniques necessary to obtain a grade A. Please remember it will take time to develop a good client centred approach so the sooner you start the better. Even if your Standards Check is a year or so away you need to start now. Remember the DSVA are likely to become more picky as time goes by and they get to see good examples of this type of approach. Please do not leave it until your Standards Check is due before you start to implement a client centred approach, this should now be your normal method of instructing. Remember, your livelihood could depend on it!

New Standards Check Workshop goes “on the road”

Following the success of these courses at our head office in Pontefract, we have decided to take the course “on the road”  See new standards check roadshow for more details.

The morning session covers the background to client-centred learning (i.e. coaching) and the development of LDC’s unique three hat approach to enable coaching to be effectively incorporated into driver training. The afternoon session focusses on the New standards Check and how to apply these principles and gain the A grade you desire. The sessions are very interactive with lots of opportunities to participate. Lots of examples of real lessons are shown on video as part of the workshop to help you see what we mean in practice.

To help remind you of the day certain video’s are available to you to examine through our special New DVSA Standards Check Training Videos playlist on our YouTube channel. You will need to give Bob your Google+ account user name so that we can authorise access to these excellent private videos on our YouTube channel.

In addition you will be given a comprehensive reflective diary (to help monitor your progress and develop these new skills) plus the most complete guide to Client-centred learning in the UK which expands upon LDC’s unique three hat approach. You could easily pay £50 or more for materials on this topic from other organisations which are far less thorough and do little to help you develop these valuable skills. So if you are serious about being one of the best driving instructors in the UK you should attend this workshop.


Course starts at 10.00 am
Finish approx 4.30 pm

Lunch is provided

Price £99

Attendees at new standards check workshop

Picture of just some of the ADI’s who have attended Client Centred/Coaching courses in preparation for the new standards check

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