High Grade Driving Instructors - explaining the ADI Grading system
High Grade Driving Instructors - Instructor Grades
DSA Driving Instructor Grades
*** Update *** From 2014 the government will change the grading system to A, B or Fail, We will update once we have a clear picture of how this changes our site function.
|Grade||Percentage||Number||Description of Grading|
|1||0.00%||0||An extremely poor overall standard, with incorrect or dangerous instruction. No recap, improvement in pupil’s skills or summary at the end.|
|2||0.12%||54||A poor overall ability, with several issues with the Instructor’s knowledge. Very little lesson structure.|
|3||0.65%||303||An inadequate performance, with some lack of ability. Gaps in knowledge and poor choice of route.|
|4||52.40%||24526||An acceptable lesson. Some minor deficiencies, but overall good fault identification and remedial action.|
|5||33.40%||15644||A good lesson. Minor weaknesses occur, but all faults were recognised and dealt with very well. Good attitude and feedback with the pupil.|
|6||6.07%||2845||A very high standard with no significant weaknesses. Quick to spot all faults and dealt with them very well. Very professional at all times.|
|Not yet graded||7.36%||3449||(newly qualified instructors are officially ungraded until their first DSA "check test" is done)|
|In training||91,000||Yes, there are 91,000 people who have started the training process over the last 2 to 3 years and not yet on the register!|
As you can see from the table not all instructors are the same - we only choose driving instructors from the top 2 grades. Whilst there are some very good grade 4 ADI's you should note that at their check test (The Driving School profession equivalent of an OFSTED exam) grade 4 ADI's have failed to impress the examiner.
10.81% have only recently qualified and lack genuine experience. The big problem with this profession is the enormous amount of trainee instructors. Below is an article By Andrew Penman
AA slams hopeless trainee driving instructors
Driving schools have been accused of taking learners for a ride by secretly using trainee instructors to give lessons.
According to the AA, around 75,000 learner drivers are being unwittingly taught by someone still not fully qualified, resulting in an extra 27,000 failed tests. That costs £1.7million in further tuition fees.
The AA is furious that the number of trainee instructors has soared in recent years, despite a government survey ten years ago showing that learners taught by trainees were 25% more likely to fail their test.
There are around 7,600 trainee instructors, about one in seven of the total, double the number last year.
"It is a decade since officials found that thousands of learners were failing needlessly at the hands of instructors they didn't even know were trainees," said AA president Edmund King.
... and I suppose thats one of the main reasons for this website!
Check out the database and search for instructors near your home post code, give them a call, have a chat about your requirements, talk to your friends, have one or two lessons with an instructor before you buy large blocks of lessons. If you're a teenager this may be one of the biggest expenses you've ever had to face (it gets worse with car and insurance costs) so hopefully you'll do yourself a favour by selecting quality over and above the headline price.
Anyway, good luck and may we wish you 'Safe Driving for Life"