This one was a bit special!
Amy had been learning to drive for a long time, on and off. Despite the best efforts of all concerned, she just couldn’t reverse round corners. The exercise had become a scary and frustrating barrier to her progress, and she managed to wear out of 6 different instructors before she came to me.
Like those other instructors, I tried to teach her to reverse around corners by getting her to reverse around a corner, and quickly found that she just panicked. Another approach was required, so I got her to use an empty car park, and worked on her hand eye co-ordination, first forwards, then backwards. After a while she’d got the idea of looking where she wanted to go, and letting her hands and eyes work together.
We tried this on an actual junction, and it clicked. The look of joy and relief on Amy’s face when she realised that she could now do this was something that makes my job worth doing.
She passed at her first attempt, with just 3 minor faults.
I’ve been looking to take on at least one new instructor for a while, but have chosen to train people to do the job, rather than take on someone already qualified. This is partly because I wouldn’t be comfortable with poaching someone from another school, and partly, mainly in fact, because I know what I’m getting, and can teach people to do the job to the sort of standard I expect from myself.
So I’m pleased to welcome Helen Richards to my school, and would like to give her a decent workload as quickly as I can.
With the addition of Helen, Paul Sharp School of Motoring can now offer a choice of male and female instructors, and a choice of petrol or diesel engined cars.
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Congratulations to Steve Loyden, who passed his advanced driving test today.
Steve will now be working towards his teaching test, after which he will be a fully qualified driving instructor.
Well played, that man!
Currently, with the exception of early driving tests, the earliest I work is 8am. The latest I work until is 9pm. I work every day of the week, but I try to ensure I get one day off at some point each week.
With the sun setting a little earlier every day, and both my task and that of my pupils being more difficult in the dark, I have decided that in future, I will work only until 8pm, during the winter months, once the clocks have gone back, and will revert to a 9pm finish when the go forward again in the spring.
Apologies to any of my pupils if this change causes any inconvenience.
I will be taking Chrismas off this year.
I am working up until the end of Tuesday 23rd December, and then will be on holiday until Saturday 3rd January.
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2015 to all my clients!
Paul will be getting a new tuition vehicle on 12th August.
It’s another Citroen DS3, but this time we’re going for the sportier version!
It’s also white with a black roof, mainly so that we don’t have to make too many changes to the website or business stationery.
Andy from Seacombe, and Ollie from Egremont, both of who passed first time this week.
It’s been a while since I posted anything to this site. As my diary has been full, there has been no need. This is still the case, but I have other news to post anyway, so it wasn’t in any way a burden!
Different schools have different approaches. Some claim to get their pupils through quickly. Others offer cheap deals to entice people to learn with them. Paul has built his reputation on an understanding of the emotional and psychological needs of his pupils. Teaching people how to do roundabouts and parallel parking is straightforward. How to give people the confidence they need to overcome their fears is something that few instructors were taught when they trained to do this job. Yet the thing people struggle with most is nerves.
With this approach, this school has built up a good reputation, and we now need the services of another instructor. We think we can give the right person for us a full diary within a month, given the amount of enquiries we are receiving. Because of the demand for our service, we are able to charge slightly higher than the average rate for this area.
We’re looking primarily for someone who is prepared to put coaching skills and the inter-relation between the physical, the intellectual and the emotional at the heart of how they teach.
We’re also looking for someone who can broaden the appeal of our school. If you teach in a petrol engined car, if you’re female, if you teach in an automatic, these are all things that would help us reach out to a wider market. Our prime concern though is quality of tuition.
Are you the right instructor for us? Do get in touch so that we can find out what we can offer each other.
There just aren’t enough hours in the day for Paul to give tuition to everyone that wants him to.
Right now, we’re looking for an experienced instructor to take on some of this work. We’re offering the first month franchise free, and given the amount of enquiries coming in, it seems likely that you’ll have a full diary after that time. If you’re a qualified instructor, who would like to be busier, please do get in touch.
For now though, we cannot take on any new clients. To do so would affect the quality of service we’re able to offer our existing pupils.
Paul will be away from the 25th of April until the 2nd of May.
Please feel free to use the contact form on this website if you’d like to get in touch, but we might not get back to you straight away.