What is a fully qualified instructor?
To teach driving, you must be DSA qualified. You need to pass a three part test including theory and practice, much like a driving test but much more exacting, and a third part which measures your skill at instruction. While you are allowed to teach driving for up to six months before completing part three of test, you are not considered fully qualified.
Worse still, many false instructors without any DSA certification at all provide unsafe, unregulated lessons every day, passing themselves off as legitimate instructors. More than 100 such illegal instructors have been arrested in London in the past four years.
All of the Ignite Driving School instructors have achieved and maintain grades A and B!
Ignite driving schools only hires the best people, to ensure you the best learning experience. All of our instructors are fully qualified to either grades A and B, the highest ranks possible. We understand that each student has a different learning process, and each will require a slightly different approach to get them on the road properly. Our professional, friendly instructors will work with you to give you the help that you need to do your best.
What do the grades mean?
Qualified driving instructors are regularly tested to assess their actual driving and instructional skill. An examiner rides along to observe an actual lesson, and grades the instructor on their overall level of competence.
About driving instructor grades
Approved driving instructors (ADIs) are regularly assessed on their instructional ability. During a normal lesson with a pupil, they’re assessed on how well they:
planned the lesson
manage risk to their pupil and other road users
use the best ways to help their pupil learn
Your instructor will have a grade from either the current grading system, or an older system. Any instructor with a grade from the old system will get a new grade the next time they’re assessed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The current grading system has these levels: