According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), there is a very real possibility that the rankings of Britain’s 40,000 instructors could soon be published to help drive up what it believes are failing tuition standards.
The most recent figures show that pass rates are falling with some learners only passing after nearly 40 attempts – and the DVSA is determined to do something about it, claiming that part of the problem is due to poor quality instructors.
Currently, instructors are checked on a regular basis by the agency with 30% receiving top marks but with the vast majority (69%) managing a ‘merely satisfactory’ rating. Nearly 700 instructors were also struck off last year for failing to make the minimum standard mark at all.
The DVSA’s issue? That only 3% of instructors actually let their pupils know what their rating is because they are not obligated to.
To help students find the best instructors in their area – and it believes help drive up tuition standards – the DVSA has said that it will release an Ofsted-like league table that will feature all 40,000 of Britain’s instructors if they don’t start revealing their ratings soon.
The agency’s chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn, told The Times: “We are encouraging driving instructors to publish their rating. If they don’t do that, then at some point we will compel them to do that. We will put out information into the public domain so that parents can choose a good driving instructor.”
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