Standards check: New grading structure to be simpler and clearer

Standards check: New grading structure to be simpler and clearer

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced a simpler and clearer grading structure for the new standards check which starts on 7 April 2014.

Driving instructors will be given one of the following grades after their standards check:

  • A grade (85% or over) – an overall high standard of instruction
  • B grade (60% or over) – a sufficient level of competence
  • Fail (less than 60%) – an unsatisfactory performance

It will also make it easier for learners and their parents to understand. They’ll then be able to make a more informed decision when choosing an instructor. DVSA wants to keep working with the industry to help the top grade instructors promote the higher level of competence that they’ve worked hard to achieve.

The new standards check

During the new standards check, the examiner will assess how well the instructor meets the objectives set out in the National Standard for driver and rider training, which has been published on GOV.UK.

An instructor who receives a fail grade will be given another standards check within 12 weeks to allow them to show that their level of tuition has improved and that they meet the standards.

Details of how the instructors will be assessed can be found in the guidance on the standards check.