I write articles for magazines and organisations inside and outside the driver training industry related to being a driving instructor. I attend courses, read and listen to podcasts related primaily to special educational needs to expand my own knowledge and experience.


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


Click here for my recent personal training and continued professional development.


I abide by the official ADI Code of Conduct.

I patiently teach a comprehensive and progress tracked driving syllabus, adapted to the pace and needs of each student and designed to provide a solid foundation for safe driving for life and not just for the driving test. I guide each student through support and special needs accomodations for the theory, show me tell me and driving test. When relevant and agreed I encourage parental involvement and feedback.

ADI Code of Practice
Rob Cooling with Theodore the standard poodle
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Rob Cooling SEN Driving Instructor

In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, audiobooks and walking my dogs. I am a foil fencer and devote a lot of time to the sport to keep active. I am an advocate of electric cars and enjoy organising presentations and projects based around EV education.

All driving instructors are encouraged by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to engage in continuous professional development. Towards this I am an active member of the Nottingham and Derby Driving Instructors, the Midlands Instructor Group, the ADI National Joint Council and the Disabililty Driving Instructors. I attend varied driver training related events, conferences and courses to further my education as a driving instructor. Examples include teaching and coaching skills, disability/SEN driver training, standards check and roadside 1st Aid.

My name is Rob and I fully qualified as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) in 2006.


I established Apple Driving School in my first year and have enjoyed teaching driving in Nottingham ever since. From 2011 I began specialising in teaching students with diverse needs and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism/ASD/ASC/Aspergers, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and other special / specific needs alongside supporting elderly / mature drivers. I am always keen to expand my experience.

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