My test was on 30th Sept 2015, I took a pupil who had his driving test the next day, had about 30 hours so was at the trained stage. He’d said he’d like to do reserve park.

I’d failed my standards check by 1 mark in June (got 7 in the risk management section ­ a B overall but failed due to not getting 8 or more in risk. I initially took a partly trained learner  and put her in too many risky situations that she couldn’t handle. So I was pretty nervous about this SC and spent some time planning a route and planning the lesson beforehand, and planning the pupil I picked very carefully.

I introduced examiner and pupil. We all got in the car and started by talking about how he felt last lesson went, what he’d like to achieve by end of this lesson, he said he’d like to feel better about the reverse park, I said OK I have a practice area in mind, on the way we will be passing over a number of junctions and roundabouts, how would you like me to help you with those? He wanted to try them himself as test the next day, I said that’s a good idea, I’ll let you take responsibility for safe driving of the car but I’ll be here to intervene if I think you haven’t seen a hazard or risk, I have dual controls/can reach for steering wheel for this or I can help verbally. Is that OK? Pupil says yes, I said OK, when you’re ready let’s move off. (GET PUPIL AGREEMENT FOR EVERYTHING).

To meet the risk criteria, I read that you have to constantly be looking around at the roads and what they are doing. I asked questions such as “Tell me what you are going to do about that lorry parked on double yellow lines ahead”. We went over some junctions and roundabouts with no issues, I gave praise. I asked more questions about the signs he could see, what that meant for his planning etc. I then took him to the reverse park practice area, which was SO MUCH BUSIER than the day before and other days when I’d gone there at the same time of day as my standards check would be. I got him into an AWFUL situation where he was boxed in at the end of a dead­end, it was almost impossible to turn in the road to get out. So ­ I MANAGED RISK. “How would you like me to help you here?” He said “Please could you help with observations out the back?” “Yes of course I will tell you if I see anything that could pose a risk.” Then kept looking round, re clarifying where I was looking, giving praise etc. I thought I’d failed my SC at that point for taking him to such a terrible place!

We went and found a new spot, worked through the reverse park, he said he’d like to do it himself, not help from me, I said I’d continue to look round and would let him know if I saw something that I felt he hadn’t, asked him is that OK? He said fine.

Worked on correcting his reverse park issues, minor issues such as the timing for straightening the wheel, I corrected with Q&A. He asked questions throughout the lesson about lots of things which was helpful to creating dialogue and discussion.

Drive back was fine, still handling risk and asking Q&A. Recap at the end, what went well about that lesson? Did anything not go so well? How do you think you could do things differently next time? Then I gave praise and confidence building for his test the next day (which he passed!)

I got 42/51 so one mark off an A ­ all 2s and 3s. I think if i’d taken him down a more suitable road for reverse park then I’d have got an A (cos I got a 2 for suitable practice areas)! Also she said I could’ve got him to check his mirrors slightly sooner when exiting a roundabout, which I’d not spotted/thought what he was doing was fine.

So all in all, I felt very relieved and happy that I’d passed with a high B and feel I could get an A next time. Thanks to everyone on this facebook page who helped me and good luck with yours!

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