Tutor Training - Scotland '21

Three years since the last opportunity to run a residential Tutor Training Course for E-YARD (RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders East Yorkshire) due to many reasons, not least of which was Covid!

The team met at Beverley on Tuesday morning at 0800, leaving about 0900 in pairs, the tutors taking turns to lead and be critiqued, then in turn give feedback on the critique delivery.

The first stop was at Thirsk garden centre, debriefs and partner swaps, before heading north to Corbridge.

Lunch was taken at Errington Coffee house before practicing group riding, drop off system and open road discipline.

A brief stop at the border, then head for a short break and refuel at Jedburgh, before heading north, around Edinburgh, over Queensferry Bridge and up the M90 to Huntingtower and the hotel.

Having booked in, a couple of well deserved sherberts, followed by dinner and an early night followed!

Wednesday morning saw the tutors all sitting a written exam to test their Highway Code and RoadCraft knowledge. After completion of the exam, the team split into two, with Advanced Tutor Ian Streets taking one team, Advanced Tutor Rosie taking the other half and heading out to peer assess and review one another under their watchful eyes.

The methos was to have one lead and be assessed, with the third member of the team critiquing the feedback. This was repeated with all tutors taking the various roles. Not only is peer review invaluable to develop personal skills, but it reminds the tutors what it is like to be on the 'receiving' end of critique.

Hoody stayed back and marked the exam papers, one of which was a genuine Advanced Tutor Theory test for Pippa Unwin, who later in the day undertook the rest of her test, intsructional and remedial feedback, and a Gold standard practical ride.

The riders continued into the Cairgorms, on what turned out to be the hottest September day on record, everyone meeting for lunch in a beautifully backdropped cafe near Balmoral.

Pippa completed and qualified as an Advanced Tutor following her test ride ending at Loch Alvie, Avimore