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 Travis School of Motoring

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Standards check for driving instructors

DVSA changed the old Check test to the new format.  This new format is called the Standards Check for all approved driving instructors.   You will be graded A or B for a pass or a fail.

New Standards Check Grading

Driving instructors will be given one of the following grades after their standards check:

  • A grade (85% or over)    - an overall high standard of instruction
  • B grade (60% or over)    - a sufficient level of competence
  • Fail    (less than 60%)    - an unsatisfactory performance

It will also make it easier for learners and their parents to understand a driving instructor’s grade. They’ll then be able to make a more informed decision when choosing an instructor. DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) wants to keep working with the industry to help the top grade instructors promote the higher level of competence that they’ve worked hard to achieve.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 areas of competence, see marking sheet SC 1

Score                 Description

3                        Keep up the good work

2                        Acceptable - there are clear areas of improvement

1                        Not acceptable - more work needed

0                        Completely unacceptable


Total score       Grade Description

0 to 30              Fail Your performance is unsatisfactory

31 to 42            Grade B You’ll be added to the register of ADIs or remain on it

43 to 51            Grade A You have shown a high standard of instruction and will be added to the register or remain on it

  • Do you need help with the Standards Check test?  
  • Do you need help planning for your Standards Check test? 
  • Are you struggling to choose a suitable pupil?
  • Are you based around the Milton Keynes and Buckingham area?
  • Are you taking your standards check at Bletchley test centre?

Call James today on   077 477 42842

Standards check failure

The DVSA have published the most frequent causes of Standards Check failure.

The DVSA said: 

"The standards check assesses competence across 17 areas.  Having reviewed the assessments undertaken over the period 7 April – 30 June, we have identified that the following areas contributed most frequently to test failure.

  1. Was the lesson plan adapted, when appropriate, to help the pupil work towards their learning goals?

  2. Did the trainer ensure that the pupil fully understood how the responsibility of risk would be shared?

  3. Was the teaching style suited to the pupil’s learning style and current ability?

  4. Was the pupil encouraged to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning?

  5. Was the pupil given appropriate and timely feedback during the session?

  6. Was sufficient feedback given to help pupils understand any safety critical incidents?

  7. Was the pupil encouraged to reflect on their own performance?"

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