Engage Testimonials

Driving Instructors’ experiences of the ‘Engage’ CPD day:


Driving Instructor: Steve Page
Driving School: Sally’s School of Motoring

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to attend ‘Engage’ training in Taunton. Ian delivered an excellent presentation that has given me much to reflect on and use on future lessons. I used the scaling technique in the lesson after the training day which my pupil found very helpful.”

Driving Instructor: Mike Taylor
Driving School: Mike Taylor Driving School

“Many thanks for the ‘Engage’ course held in Yeovil on Wednesday 31/10/2012 it was a very interesting and rewarding course with a fantastic tutor Ian giving us a very valuable insight into coaching techniques. It will be a very valuable service for me to use with my pupils in the future hopefully given them a better insight into learning to be safer drivers on our roads looking forward to future course.”

Driving Instructor: Sophie Wills
Driving School: Team Dot

“I was thoroughly impressed not only by the course content, but by Ian's delivery of it. He was professional, warm, funny, engaging (of course!) and extremely knowledgeable.

I was pleased to receive the worksheets and found them very interesting (and have been doing the exercises myself!), also the book is great - succinct, intelligent, and very readable.

It was refreshing to feel part of the learning process with the other ADI's, and Ian made me feel relaxed enough to speak up when I wanted to, and showed respect to all of us there.

On my lessons today I have tried out a few techniques suggested yesterday, specifically finding out how my pupil was really feeling, both at the start of the lesson and during it; reflecting things they said to get them to say a bit more; also using the scaling 1-10 and follow-up questions; pulling up to discuss positive aspects of their performance, asking them to set their own goals for the lesson; and using the Engage worksheets (which they liked!).

Ian has helped me to see where I was going wrong, and I'm feeling quite enthused!

My pupils were passing the test OK but it was such hard work to get them there - now I can keep learning how to give them the freedom to be more helpful in the process, how to learn from them as well, and just as importantly, to enable them to keep thinking about their driving and improving after the test.

So thank you very much for organising it all, and it was all free too!”


Driving Instructor: Stacey Heath
Driving School: Heath Driver Training

“I attended the 'Engage ' workshop on the 31st October and have to say found it incredibly worthwhile. I am always looking into different ways for my own continuous professional development and believe that we can all learn how to do things slicker, smarter and better! This workshop with the expert coaching and presenting of Mr Ian Edwards seemed to be a great success to all who attended. If we all worked together more often like this it would, as I believe, benefit everybody from outside and inside the road safety educational network. Thank you again for this opportunity.”


Driving Instructor: Phil Tucker
Driving School: Phil Driver Trainer

“May I just thank you and Somerset County Council for this initiative for Driver trainer training.
The course ran by Ian was absolutely great. He kept our interests running at all times and this was helped by the constant interaction.
The concept of the training, to give us a better understanding of the human learning process was very interesting.
Some of the issues I use already but the concept of why I do what I do has changed.
I am selecting a pupil as recommended and I will let you know how I get on.

Thank you again I feel in a position to recommend it and I’d highly recommend my colleagues sitting in on this course.”


Driving Instructor: Raymond Wheeler
Driving School: Wheels 4 Success

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the "Engage" workshop last Wednesday. I left the course inspired and challenged! You certainly have a knack of engaging the very best speakers and course-leaders, as I pointed out to you on the day... Here in Somerset we are privileged - especially in these straitened times - to have the opportunity to benefit from courses such as this, and I hope it will be possible for Somerset County Council Road Safety dept to continue this excellent work for many more years to come!

There was a really positive spirit, and discussion at breaks, derived from what we had been studying immediately beforehand, was every bit as good as Ian's excellent presentations.

You will be pleased to know that I have already begun to incorporate "Engage" within my planning, and pupil feedback has been uniformly encouraging and enthusiastic... Oddly enough, many of the principles which Ian put forward were already a part of my strategy for teaching and learning, but I am finding new, and effective, angles of approach as a result of last Wednesday's course.... Thank you very much to Ian for his entertaining and engaging (!) presentation, and to you and your colleagues for organising the CPD day! I look forward to your next!”


Driving Instructor:  Phoenix Diablo
Driving School: Diablo Driving School

"Really enjoyed the Engaged course, gave me extra thoughts and training methods to further my development and that of my pupils. If anyone avoids this course then they will be missing very valuable assistance."



Driving Instructor: Jeremy Doyle
Driving School: Jez Doyle

“Just to let you know all students to date have received the worksheets very favourably and I often find it is easy to link the sheet in question with some aspect of the lesson being delivered.

Thanks again - very much enjoyed the day.”


Driving Instructor: Jane Betts
Driving School: Sally’s School of Motoring

“I am working through the Engage Course with my pupils and they are enjoying it.
I am delighted to say that it has brought a new dimension to my teaching and coaching techniques.
My pupils are also enjoying their homework and feel that they are getting more out of their lessons.”


Driving Instructor: Mick Battye

“I attended the ‘Engage’ CPD course in Yeovil. Can I just say I thought it was a very well run and informative course. If the engage system is used correctly I can see a huge benefit for the pupil and instructor alike. Although I do not teach any learners and most of my work is classroom based, the psychological side and how to change the mindset I found really interesting and useful, I can see ways that I will be able to apply these to the work I do.”


Driving Instructor: Lucy Vaughan
Driving School: Learn in Herbie

“I thought I should let you know that my first pupil to have gone through the complete ‘Engage’ course passed his test with a clean sheet!  He thoroughly enjoyed doing the ‘Engage’ worksheets and his parents loved them too.”


Driving Instructor:  Sharan Eve

Driving School:  Automatic Sally’s School of Motoring

"Thank you very much to Somerset Road Safety and Ian Edwards for the fantastic ENGAGE workshop in October.  What an insight into a different coaching approach and using a combination of mind mapping, scoring and asking the pupils to self evaluate both in micro lessons and beginning and end of their lesson.  The results are definitely showing a great improvement and the pupils are continuing to really enjoy their lessons.  I look forward to another session with fellow driving instructors to help continue the great work of improving road and driving safety in Somerset."


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