Rob Cooling


Approved Driving Instructor (Special Needs)

CV & Continued Professional Development

Code of Practice


I abide by the official ADI Code of Practice.


Memberships / Groups / Associations


DDI (Disability Driving Instructors)

DING (Driving Instructors Network Group) : Public Relations Committee Member : 2011 > Present

NDDI (Nottingham and Derby Driving Instructors)

ADI National Joint Council : Platinum Membership


Courses Attended


DING Roadside 1st Aid Basic Course : 28/1/2011

Introduction to Driver Coaching Techniques : 9/3/2011

Road Safety & Traffic Regulations : 9/3/2011

Teaching Drivers with Special Needs (Julia Malkin) : 9/3/2011

eDriving Solutions Coaching Skills for Driving Instructors : 6/10/2011

St Johns Ambulance Essential 1st Aid : 12/3/2012

Road Safety & Young Drivers : 11/7/2012

Introduction to Legal Aspects for Drivers : 11/7/2012

Lynne Barrie : ADI Training, Qualifications & Associations : 11/7/2012

DING Annual Seminar : 11/6/2014

Standards Check Course by Blaine and Louise Walsh : 10/2/2015

ADI Workshop with Louise Walsh : 14/2/2015

DING 1st Aid Course : 2/5/2017

ADINJC 2017 Conference : 8/10/2017

DIA Drivers with Diverse Needs Course : 9/11/2017

Standards Check Success Online Course : 7/11/2017 > 9/1/2018

DIA Neurodiversity Course (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD, ADHD) : 10/7/2018

DIA Applied Driver Behaviour Course : 15/11/2018

14 Days Q&A Online Course : 10/2018


Upcoming :  Autism Awareness, QEF, IAM


Work Related Activities & Achievements


- Business website self developed and maintained : 2005 > Present

- Driving Instructor Network Group PR Certificate : 05/17

- MSA magazine article promoting electric vehicles to driving instructors : 6/2017

- Go Ultra Low case study promoting electric vehicles : 6/2017

- DiPod Show 129 promoting electric vehicles to driving instructors : 7/2017

- ADINJC Article regarding driving school electric cars : 08/2017

- The Big Learner Relay for Children In Need : 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (lead car) and 2018

- MSA magazine article for driving instructors following up the reality of teaching in an electric car : 02/2018

- ADINJC Article regarding driving school electric cars (follow up) : 02/2018

- Ecotricity 'Power to the People' Profile : 03/2018

- Various contributions to The Driving Instructors Podcast : 2015 > Present

- Nottingham Trent University video interview regarding teaching mature and elderly drivers : 04/18

- ADINJC Article regarding driving school electric cars (2nd follow up) : 05/18

- Driving Instructor Network Group PR Certificate : 05/18

- Nottingham City Council / Go Ultra Low 'ULEV Experience' Project & Launch Event

     ULEV Experience Promoting electric cars (EV's) to businesses Link 1 : 06/18

     ULEV Experience Promoting electric cars (EV's) to businesses Link 2 : 06/18

     ULEV YouTube Video : 06/18

- Theory Test Pro 'Meet the Instructor' Profile : 06/18

- MSA magazine article for driving instructors 2nd follow up on the reality of teaching in an electric car : 06/2018

- Nottingham City Council FestEVal 10 minute presentation and 2 day event : 06/18

- Pod Point Q&A regarding electric cars for driving instructors : 08/18s

- Pod Point article regarding long journeys in electric cars : 09/18

- Intelligent Instructor article regarding 'The Rise of Auto' : 10/18

- Nottingham City Council Ride & Drive Electric Vehicles : 10/18

- Intelligent Instructor article regarding learning to drive in an electric car : 10/18

- Intelligent Instructor article regarding effect of electric cars on driving experience : 11/18

- Nissan Nottingham dealership photos promoting Nissan Leaf : 12/18


Upcoming : Polar article, Intelligent Instructor 4, BG, Highways Englands, Council blog


Work Related Studying/Reading List


Despatch eZine : Monthly (online)

ADI News / Intelligent Instructor : Monthly

DiPOD Driving Instructors Podcast : Monthly

Can Drivers Really Teach Themselves? by Ian Edwards : 10/2011

EU Hermes Project (Driver Training) : 11/2011

British Red Cross Emergency 1st Aid Guide : 12/2011

DIA Car Mechanics : 01/2012

L of a Way to Pass (Driver Training Psychology) by Diane Hall : 02/2012

St John Ambulance 1st Aid Manual : 04/2012

St John Ambulance App Guide : 04/2012

Theory Test Pro (Completed) : 05/2012

Highway Code Iphone App : 06/2012

Driving is More about Psychology than Systems by John Brown : 07/2012

Driving is Turning Disability into Ability by John Brown : 09/2012

Driving is Safe & Responsible Independence by John Brown : 11/2012

Driving is Challenging & Important for Older Drivers by John Brown : 12/2012

Roadcraft : The Police Drivers Handbook : 02/2013

Driving for Deaf People by Queen Elizabeths Foundation : 04/2013

DSA DT1 : Guidance for Driving Examiners by Driving Standards Agency : 06/2013

National Driver and Rider Training Standard by Driving Standards Agency : 09/2013

Know Your Traffic Signs by Department for Transport : 10/2013

ADI Standards Check : Guidance by Driving Standards Agency : 12/2013

The Inner Game of Tennis by W Timothy Gallwey : 01/2014

The Official DSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills by DVSA : 03/2014

The Clark Kent Chronicles : Life With ADHD & Asperger’s by Pamela Hutchins : 11/2014

The Driving Instructors Handbook by John Miller & Margaret Stacey : 03/2015

Around the Bend by Vincent Ryan : 04/2015

Aspergers : A Guide by Melinda Docter and Syed Naqvi : 06/2015

Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors by John Miller and Margaret Stacey : 08/2015

Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome by Luke Jackson : 10/2015


The Official DVSA Guide to Better Driving by DVSA : 01/2016

The Reason Why I Jump by Naoki Higashida : 02/2016

Can I tell you about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome? by Ruth Fidler : 03/2016

How to Be an Advanced Driver by the Institute of Advanced Motorists : 07/2016

The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide : 10/2016

Driven to Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Ned Hallowell : 12/2016

Driving is Overcoming Dyspraxia by John Brown : 01/2017

The Way I See It : A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's by Temple Grandin : 03/2017

Living with Dyspraxia by Mary Colley : 05/2017

Live and Learn by Neil Snow : 07/2017

Neurotribes The Legacy of Autism by Steve Silberman : 08/2017

PTSD : What to Expect and What You Can Do (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) by Claudia Zafert and Jason DeViva : 11/2017

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell A. Barkley : 01/2018

10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm : 03/2018

Complex PTSD From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker : 05/18

My Sons Not Rainman (Autism) by John Williams : 05/18

The Loving Push (Autism / ASD) by Debra Moore and Temple Grandin : 07/18

The Irlen Revolution (Irlen Syndrome) by Helen Irlen : 10/18

Thinking In Pictures : My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin : 11/18

Sensory Processing Disorders and Irlen Syndrome by J.B Snow : 11/18


Current Reading : ADHD & Intelligent Instructor


Relevant Qualifications


Approved Driving Instructor : 2006 > Present


SEN (Special / Specific Educational Needs) Experience


Aspergers, autism / ASD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, alpha mannosidosis, foetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD / CPTSD, learning difficulties and disability, bi-lateral co-ordination problems, pathological demand avoidance (PDA), muscle weakness and physical disability.


Hobbies & Interests


Reading, audiobooks, cooking, fencing, theatre and walking the dogs.


Extracurricular Activites & Achievements


Fencing Foil Bronze Certificate : 04/2018

Currently training for Foil Silver Certificate

Guru Nanak's Mission Nottingham : Weekly cooking for and serving the homeless in Nottingham.

Apple Driving School - Nottingham

Automatic & Electric Driving Lessons - Rob Cooling CPD