Standards check pass
My name is Cristina an ADI from Romania, I am not sure you remember me so I will make a little briefing. I decided last year to move to UK and get my ADI badge transferred.
First time when saw Bob I was trying to watch on YouTube LDC lessons to learn some technical English and somewhere his video appeared giving lesson to a pupil.....it seemed so funny for me that somebody would make a video in the car (I see now how my culture and education kept my mind narrow)...I just thought he needs attention, so I was skipping his videos thinking "what a freak!". After a little while since I got my badge transferred, Standard check test letter came....and I didn't even had a car nor a pupil, just moved to UK from couple months, I barely knew where to look when crossing the street.....so I decided to get some lessons from an ADI.
The instructor suggested me to learn how to drive first than to teach, very encouraging (of course...I have driven 10 years on the other side of the road...so he was right). The second ADI that I met suggested me to wait until the test day and call sick ( I guess nobody though I have a chance).... So I bought some books, got a car and started to drive and talk alone in the car as I didn't afford endless lessons with an ADI..........than I figured out how helpful Bob's videos can be....so I ended up listening them every day, I was falling asleep listening them, I learnt his jokes, his examples, his eyes blinking and checks, everything. I contacted him in order to book the standard check workshop but I figured out we are hours apart so I decided to see him on Skype.
First time when we Skype I figured out from beginning how he was trying to build " that thinking" in me so i thought to myself "aha he is trying to do to me same as he does to Claire and Nikki and all the others, I am not a pupil I just want him to tell me how to pass standard check"....so I made a big list with questions for next Skype session as I felt the first time he was not directly answering to my questions as I wanted.......it seemed he put more questions than I so I was so frustrated that he doesn't just "feed me the fish"........than I only realised after I passed my standard check test that he "thought me how to fish" in a very less time. The point I am trying to make is that all these 3 ADI were right regarding me.....but the difference is made how you see things....you can see the half full of the glass or the half empty...you will still be right......so better choose an instructor that sees the "half full of you.
I am not sure If you realise how much you helped me, you just made the difference between failing and passing the exam. You just gave me water when I needed most, no cheap juice that makes you more thirsty after half an hour, you draw me the path I should follow to be a good driving instructor and to improve myself endlessly . At exam I had that feeling you have when you put a little perfume, very good perfume, only a drop it takes and smell everywhere, that is how I felt the little time we had. Exterminator figured out i have no experience and I am new, he told me after "you have the technique and the base of what it needs according to the new standards, all you need is to practice and get experience", so he smelled you, you put your print on me. I just wish you to put your print on as many people as possible because seems what you do really works. I am trying to do same with my son, what you do with pupils, and it does work.
"Thank you" looks too small for the big think you done, I am referring here to your flexibility and how quick you answered to my need. I have called and texted 41 instructors from my area and Croydon to rent a car for exam and book some hours, I could not find one to fit my schedule as a single mother.
Part three pass
Put simply, Bob is FANSTATIC!!! I spent two intense but rewarding and fun days with Bob preparing for my part 3 test, which I passed! Bob did an amazing job building my confidence with his method of teaching, getting me to self mark my efforts and justify the scores I'd given myself (which made me see that I was being a wee bit hard on myself). By the end of the two days, I was willingly giving my self 10's!! Bob had some great suggestions for calming myself down with breathing techniques (which worked) and even analysed the strange dreams I'd had the night before where I'd forgotten what a steering wheel was! Bobs car, "The Yellow One!" was really nice to drive. It as really comfortable, clean and has good viability. Thank you Bob, I will be eternally grateful to you. Janet.
Standards Check Training (in car)
Hi Bob. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Since attending the 1 day in car training with yourself, I am a new found confident Driving Instructor. The new method of teaching i learned with yourself is now more effective with myself and my learners too. I am now seeing the change in my teaching. It is one of the best instructor training i have had. I also like the car you use for training. it is spacious and smooth to drive. Thank you once again. regards Nawaz
I would like to give a massive thank you to Bob for helping getting my ADI badge. After failing my first attempt at my part 3 test I approached Bob as I found his YouTube videos to be second to none. His first move in helping me was to make me understand what the test is all about instead of going into the test blind. Once I had an understanding of the test it all started to click into place and I found it so much easier! After lesson one my car was full of helpful learning materials aswell as regular emails with relevant links to YouTube videos and workshops! Bob makes the whole process in his car a good place to be with his humour and knowledge. I am pleased to say after his help I breezed through the test and I am now enjoying teaching students. I highly highly recommend Bob wether it be from day one of training or after failing your test. Bob will get you the result you need! I have already recommended other PDI trainees to Bob and will continue to do so! I shall see you for my check test training soon 😁 Curtis
Firstly I would like to thank Bob for giving me the tools, knowledge, experience and self belief to be able to pass my ORDIT Part 2 Tutors Assessment. Bob's attitude is second to none, he always saw the best in me and brought it out in a way I didn't even notice. He is professional in every way has a wealth of knowledge and experience which was invaluable in the process. At first I felt a little apprehensive as I only have a couple of years experience but Bob always puts the learner at the centre of the process. I was also a not sure whether what Bob was suggesting would work however he demonstrated how things might and persuaded me to give it a go. The client centred approach absolutely worked and I had an amazing amount of positive feedback from my examiner. The LD course materials were really good and pitched at the right level as was the level of training. Bob is simply a great bloke and a fantastic trainer and mentor and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to become anything at any level of driver training. Thank you so much for the support and I'm looking forward to working with you on the next part of my journey. Thank John
I have just finished my Instructor training Course and Qualified as an ADI . I found all materials useful but felt if it wasn't for the fact Bob helped me on the way with his Client Centred approach that l may have struggled. I feel Bob's way and approach has steered me in the right direction. He explains things well and you are totally equal and his approach works around the individual, for the individual. He is an inspiration as a teacher and Driving instructor Coach, he gives great Clarity on what you need ,is never judgemental, happy ,bags of Fun. l have had a fantastic training experience because of Bob and Others (Ian Cockerline & Martin Firth) To try and summarize He and LDC Care, Simple as that !!!! l feel part of a Family, l have never had that in any Workplace. I feel very proud to be part of the ldc family, as for recommending Bob as a trainer and LDC themselves that's easy to, they're the Best in the field. l couldn't say anymore !!!!! Clark Ward LDC ADI Scarborough :)
I have just completed a four month-long course with Bob Morton using the LDC client-centered approach to learning to drive. From my initial email through to test have found Bob to be a pleasure to interact work with and someone I trust immensely. He has a clear passion for his role which boosted my own self-confidence and aided with my overall progress. The LDC materials are excellent, as is the YouTube channel, and utilising these materials assisted in my training prior to my practical experience and thereafter. I would say however, that these materials would only be useful if the student is prepared to put some theory work into them by themselves. I also found the plans and progress charts a very good device to monitor progress within the course - sometimes to identify weaknesses (which needed more work) and sometime to execute topics quickly (if they were a strength). This was the case with my own course, that although I spent extra work on earlier parts of the process, in the mid-term I caught up quickly (extra clutch-control work - at the start – assisted with quick completion of maneuvers later). LDC are clearly not complacent as despite designing these materials they are refreshed recurrently based on new ways of learning and experiences with new students. The training car was a fantastic vehicle to drive which was always clean and tidy (I’d often find Bob cleaning the car!). I’ll miss that car as it took some ‘battering’ from me over the early part of my tuition. It’d be difficult for me to detail any specific favorite or least-favorite parts of my course as the favorite aspect was the overall achievement from being a novice driver to leaner driver to qualified driver (though I still class myself a learner – just a qualified one). The least-favorite part was my frustration when things went wrong but the materials (and Bob) helped with creating a contingency plan. Overall the experience was a positive one and one that I’ll never forget, as with the great man himself. I’m very grateful to Bob for his forbearance with me and for assisting me with a life-long goal. I have no hesitations in recommending Bob, if you want to learn from the best – Bob’s the man to see. Good luck to Bob and LDC for the future. ✩✩✩✩✩ N.W
I have known Bob Morton for seven years having first come across him when he was running an LDC induction course for new ADI franchisees. He has always struck me as friendly and approachable and willing to answer any question no matter how daft they might be; 'no such thing as a stupid question' says Bob. And he means it! Bob is a genuine guru when it comes to driver training. He is the font of most, if not all, knowledge for anything relating to ADI's and driver training. One look at the seemingly endless rows of awards and certificates, in the head office training room, shows that he has put as much effort into his own professional development as he puts into encouraging and helping us to develop ourselves. Over the years I have spoken to Bob on numerous occasions (in his capacity of LDC head of Instructor Development) and I have never heard a complaint or even hint that his first priority isn't about the ADI's in his charge. Recently I have completed an Award in Education and Training with Bob (got the certificate today) and throughout the process I was impressed by the time and effort he put in into keeping me on track and moving forward to a successful result. Bob's courses are always well planned with sufficient support, resources and materials to make learning a pleasure (never thought I would ever say that as I hated school and was out the door as soon as they would let me go)! Bob is not just a training machine; he is also humorous, helpful and reliable and if he tell you he will do something you can bank on it happening. In summary If you want to find a trainer mentor, coach or instructor, who has his heart and soul in the job then Bob Morton is your man and I would not hesitate to recommend him to fellow instructors. Graham Tuffey DVSA ADI
I have been working towards a level 3 award in teaching and education with LDC. Bob has been the course tutor and has been fantastic. His tutorial sessions have always been entertaining and informative and have made the course content easy to understand. I was intimidated by the thought of studying after having done non for so long but Bobs help and advice has always been motivating and has kept me focused while completing assignments.
I would certainly attend courses with Bob in the future and would recommend his courses to anyone who wishes to improve their knowledge base and business prospects.
I have attended Fleet Driver and Standard check training with Bob Morton, I have found course with Bob relaxed and educational, giving me a new insight into driver training. My pupils are much more involved now. They express themselves and get involved in decision making, giving them choices as to where they feel they are up to and where they feel they could improve. It's amazing how they are open to new ideas given the choice, and I haven't had one pupil yet that doesn't like that extra involvement! I can honestly say that learning about how to use coaching has enhanced my skills as a driving instructor for the better. The results have been great and pupils are definitely picking things up quicker which keeps them happy and me happy." Shahid Hamid ADI & Fleet Driver Trainer DVSA.
I'm an independent ADI, not with LDC, but have completed several courses with Bob. Standards Check training (receiving a Grade A 3 weeks after the course); Level 3 Award in Education and Training (old PTLLS equivalent); EST; Fleet. Bob presents well, both in class and in car. He's enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The Level 3 Award is mostly completed online and Bob's feedback was always prompt and constructive. The LDC materials provided were good quality, professional products. Bob gave lots of information on how to access further information and resources. I would definitely recommend Bob as a trainer.
A big thank you to Bob for all the hard work which you have done in helping me and many others to progress in our respective courses. Without your help and advice myself and others would not be able to achieve our goals. One of the key things as a teacher is connecting with your pupils and you do that brilliantly making yourself very approachable and helpful which has made learning fun. The qualities you have i try to instill into my own teaching style, so thank you once again for everything and for being a great mentor.
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.
Better information than DIA and NJC. Good tutor very approachable. Good overall experience would recommend.
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
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.
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.
Very helpful and has dispelled all the concerns I had. I'm also armed with real information and not rumour control.
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.
I enjoyed the course and found it both informative and enlightening. Your style and approach was, in my opinion, spot on. Having attended other coaching courses, I was fairly enlightened as to what coaching was. However the common sense approach was a great reassurance that I do not need to abandon my approach to learners. As I think you said on the day, sometimes you just have to accept that coaching will not always work- its not a one cap fits all approach. In short- the course does what is says on the tin.
Not sure if I'm going to fluke myself with this email but thought I would let you know my driving test results (since the coaching course) Since the course I've done 12 tests, 1 fail, 11 passes of which 8 where 1st time passes Previous 12 tests before course, 6 fail, 6 passes 4 of which where 1st time passes I may be just having a good run and perhaps a bad run before but what I feel is that pupils are making more decisions and not reliant on me for answers all the time as they answer the questions given time ! So in turn when they come to test they don't feel in an alien situation knowing the examiner isn't going to help and they are confident their decision is right!
I shall see how the following tests go but feel my Q&A has come on a treat
I would just also like to add you made learning enjoyable and answered all my questions, and the in car training really made me think and improve
I found the course informative in parts and in others it made me look at myself and how I was progressing professionally.
I am referring to the 'learning progression'. When I first read this sheet, I thought 'what?'. I had no idea how I intended to move forward. I had become stagnant.
As the course progressed and I spoke about my concerns to Bob, I enrolled on a day course for Hypnotherapy in order to teach nervous drivers. However, I did not feel that this course was right for me.
So I went back to Bob and we spoke at length about what I did enjoy and I have decided to enrol on the PTLLS course when that becomes available and also to train as a fleet instructor when that becomes available too.
I feel that my coaching skills are still in the early stages and that training as a fleet instructor will help me to develop them.
I would not have considered any of this without the help and the support of Bob, as I was not motivated to find out about any of the information in regards to funding, nor had I considered coaching as opposed to instructing pupils.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was short and manageable and fitted in nicely with my pupils. I am looking forward to the next one and the one after that.
Bob is an experienced and knowledgable Driving Instructor and Trainer.
I have always found Bob's attitude to be encouraging and enthusiastic and there always seems to be an element of fun in every session he conducts. I cannot think of a better person to provide ADI training.
I recently completed the coaching course and found it very usefull and helpfull, it gave me an insight into coaching instead of just teaching something I am now trying to incoparate into my lessons, I found the presentation to be of the highest order it was full of usefull information and delivered with aplomb and humour ensuring we were never bored.
From the outset nothing was too much trouble for Bob. It started with been supplied with all the materials needed for the course to be taken away for the work to be done at home having it pointed out to do workbooks 1 and 2. This was followed by a classroom session where we went through the LDC system now adopting the coaching technique, which made things a lot clearer as to delivering this method of learning to drive. The next session was an in-car assessment on coaching and mentoring which was thought provoking. I always found Bob inspirational because he was always enthusiastic and really believes in what he is passing on, and when something in home study wasn't clear I only had to pick up the phone and he would put me on the right track.
It was a positive experience for me so thanks for your time and patience.
I have tried to take on board what I learned during the course and am relating it to my working routines and practices.
This is of course a conitiuing process as I identify areas where I can improve what I do to improve the learning experience for each student.
I have had two new students start in the last couple of weeks so am paying particular attention to my use of coaching where appropriate. It's very tempting in the early stages to give detailed instruction and this can be the quickest way to make what seems like a lot of progress in a very short time…the down side is that the student just learns how to drive like the instructor says it should be done without valuing the skill and knowledge learned….Easy come - easy go!
I was delivering a "Turn in the Road" lesson yesterday and used a combination of coaching and a minimum of instruction and the result was that the student completed the turn in the road successfully with very little instruction and no frustration for either of us…Reuslt!
Apart from the essential advice about staying safe during the manouevre the lesson brief was simly a square drawn on a notepad saying drive slowly into each of the four corners of the square.
Recently I attended a coaching course organised by Bob. Initially I was a bit nervous about what to expect but Bob soon put me at ease with his friendly banter. It was good that he was trying out some coaching skills himself so realised some of the problems we faced. We could then work through ideas together. It was an enjoyable course and gave me the confidence to try new techniques which makes learning interesting for me and the pupil.
I am a retired Police Officer and Police Driver Trainer.
The Police Service trained me over a 7-year period in the coaching style of training, with which I am very proficient.
I commenced my 3 day induction course, which was conducted by Bob Morton.
From the outset it was clear that Bob truly believed in the coaching style of training that he was introducing to most of the class for the first time. He could not have been any more enthusiastic had he tried.
The first day of the course was geared around coaching and trying to help the students new to this method to understand and embrace it.
Throughout the time on the course I found not only Bob but the rest of the team at LDC to be very friendly and approachable, with a professional but family like atmosphere throughout the building.
As a result of this I already feel that if I need any advice or help in any way, all I need do is pick up the phone or call in to the office.
Thank you Bob for a very well delivered course which I found very useful. Having you there to help explain things and your great advice made the course more enjoyable and worthwhile. I thought your people skills were excellent and always felt if I needed any help you were always there.
I thought the course was informative and well structured. Enough information without being overwhelmed with too much. Delivered with empathy for the subject and a light hearted note when appropiate. Bob's delivery is concise but not patronising, involvement and feedback encouraged at every opportunity