If you are a former pupil of Tudor Driving School or a hopeful learner in progress, how would you feel about having a parent sit in on your lessons? While we have indeed accommodated the supervision of parents in the past, some pupils may find it off putting or awkward. In a recent call to arms by the DVSA, the standards agency implore parents to sit in on their teenager’s lessons in order to retain “consistency” during out of hours family tuition.
This is actually a fair point and one which should be seriously considered if parents are willing to provide further tuition outside of the pupils allocated lessons. While all learners may follow the same guidelines, lesson plan and laws – all drivers are different and will develop their own quirks and habits. Some parents may have bad habits that subsequently rub off on their kids during tuition, so it makes sense that the driving instructor can demonstrate an appropriate teaching style to adopt.
As long as parents are respectful and simply act as passive observers, this shouldn’t be a problem. If a parent is present and begins interrupting or questions the teacher’s methods, this may cause conflict and hinder the pupil’s enthusiasm and learning style. DVSA’s main point is that driving instruction has changed considerably over the last few years and the “techniques required to pass the practical and theory tests have evolved”. This means that parents may be passing on knowledge from their lessons which are now redundant in modern driving tests.
The DVSA head of policy and registrar Mark Magee had this to say…
“We need to get across the message that learning to drive is changing. It’s not about vehicle control, it’s wider aspects. Parents also need to understand what we’re trying to encourage ADIs (approved driving instructors) to do, so that they work with them and not against them and actually undo some of the work that’s being done.”