Rob Cooling specialises in driving lessons for pupils with special needs.

I am a forum member of Driver Training Today (DTT) and the UK Driving Instructors Confederation (UKDIC), involved in debates on all aspects of driving and driver training. I am occasionally on BBC Radio Nottingham debating driver training related topics.

All driving instructors are encouraged by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to partake in continuous professional development. As an element of this I am an active member of the Nottingham and Derby Driving Instructors (NDDI) and the Driving Instructors Network Group (DING), affiliated to the ADI National Joint Council (ADINJC). We meet every month and are involved in organising various driver training related events and courses to further our training as driving instructors (recent examples would include training for new teaching techniques including coaching skills, disability driver training, advanced driving tests and roadside 1st Aid).

My name is Rob and I began training as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) in 2002, fully qualifying in 2005.


I established my own company (Apple Driving School) in 2006 and have enjoyed teaching driving in Nottingham ever since. I specialise in teaching pupils with varied learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, Aspergers, anxiety, ADHD and other special / specific needs) and elderly / mature drivers. I am always seeking to expand my experience.

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All my pupils are patiently trained to a high standard, progress is tracked throughout driving lessons using my unique 5 stage syllabus and detailed pupil records. Pupils are fully prepared for the driving test and (more importantly) safe driving for life.

I am very passionate about my job, which has led me to develop a wealth of resources for my profession. This includes my 5 stage syllabus, detailed pupil records and show me tell me resources.


My personal aims for 2017 are to study further ‘special needs driver training’ (particuarly dyslexia and dyspraxia) and expand my experience working with mature / elderly drivers. Click here for my recent personal training and development.


Every year since 2014 I have taken part in The Big Learner Relay for Children In Need.


My Commitments


I work very hard to make sure I am reliable and punctual.


    You will always receive the time you have paid

    for in full, and often a bit extra.

    I will never pick up or drop off other pupils during

    the time of your lesson.

    You will have your own dedicated instructor (me)

    and all driving tuition will be on a 1 to 1 basis.

    Courses are always flexible and designed to best

    suit the needs of each and every pupil.

    I will always be patient, friendly and cheerful!


I abide by the official ADI Code of Conduct.

Rob Cooling teaches driving to those with learning difficulties.
Rob Cooling is a Nottingham driving instructor.
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