Mature learner drivers in Stapleford, Wollaton, Toton, Beeston etc.
Theory Test Resources

The areas I cover in Nottingham vary based on my current availability but include Stapleford, Beeston, Toton, Chilwell, Long Eaton, Sawley, Wollaton, Bramcote, Sandiacre, Trowell, Draycott, Breaston, Risley, Ockbrook, Attenborough, Borrowash, Aspley, Strelley and Bilborough. Nottingham postcodes covered for driving lessons are NG9, NG10 and partially NG8 and DE72 but outside of this I do offer meeting points for pupils travelling into my catchment area.

Please note I only teach automatic driving lessons but can happily provide manual driving school recommendations. For more details visit my contact me page.

The course and teaching will need to be adjusted to suit the pupils needs, often presented in bite size chunks and an overall patient acceptance that it might take significantly longer to achieve the goals.

It is common to discover the pupil could experience more difficulty with the theory test than the driving test. To target this I provide a wide range of accessible resources including online preperation, flash cards and an educational theory colouring book. I provide monitored support and increase this where necessary, some pupils I will escort to the theory test centre. I always guide the pupil through the accomodations we can seek for both the theory and the driving test.

I always aim to create a positive, upbeat and enjoyable learning experience focused on the strengths of the individual. Where relevant and requested I encourage feedback to family or friends to include them in the course development, it is common for those close to the pupil to have helpful guidance which I am always open to. Where it is practical I am a strong advocate of focused private practice alongside the driving course.

I study SEN thoroughly through audiobooks, podcasts, reading and taking relevant courses to expand my own understanding. You can find more about this in my ‘continued professional development’. The most beneficial experience has been the many years of practical work alongside SEN pupils and appreciating the sheer diversity within autism/ASD and suchlike. The importance of teaching each pupil as an individual is so apparent and has taught me to aspire to be creative, compassionate and patient in working with the pupils learning styles.

It is crucial to work to the pupils pace and strengths, possibly leveraging hobbies and interests to spur development. Driving is a vast skill incorporating within it many skills including physical co-ordination, memory skills, rapid information processing, awareness and planning, complex judgement, imagination and prediction etc. Potentially pupils with learning difficulties and special needs can find that driving brings out known or hidden issues and this leads to frustration, especially if they feel compared to friends and family who got through the process relatively trouble free.

Driving is an essential skill so it is important to find a way for the pupil to become a safe driver, not to abandon them because they are struggling or difficult to teach. It is also important to be honest and open about the rate of development, timescales and potential costs involved.

Despite many years specialising in SEN I am concious of how much more I have to learn. My diary is always filled with pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD/ADD, autism/ASD, Aspergers, anxiety, PTSD/CPTSD, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions and various other learning difficulties and additional needs. It requires understanding, patience and determination. It should be as fun as possible because enjoyment promotes learning. If you want to chat feel free to ring me, if you can’t get hold of me it just means I’m teaching. Leave me a message and I will get back to you.


Rob Cooling ADI

Automatic Driving Instructor in Nottingham

I began teaching driving in 2005 but in 2011 turned my focus to pupils with special needs. I found this challenging yet very rewarding, especially supporting pupils who have previously had poor experiences. When a pupil doesn’t learn at the rate the teacher expects it is easy to give up, an approach which adapts the pace of the learning to the pace of the pupil is vital. Many pupils need more time to break the learning down into creative, manageable goals and gradually build up the big picture to achieve success.

I provide driving courses for pupils with special needs, learning difficulties, anxiety or those who experience difficulties with the process of learning to drive. I present a comprehensive and structured course based around building strong and safe driving foundations, my course is not a quick rush to the driving test. The course is structured and tracked to give a sense of purpose and clear goals but it is completely flexible to the pupil. I believe in a client centred approach to learning which engages the pupil in their own lesson planning, goal setting and abilities to self analyse. I acknowledge that due to the diversity of my pupils I have as much to learn from them as they do from me, I will always do my best to learn and adapt my teaching around my individual pupils.

SEN (Special / Specific Educational Needs) & Disability Experience

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

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If you are receiving PIP Enhanced Rate or DLA Higher Rate you could be entitled to support with a car and a grant towards driving lessons, please ask me for more details. I also specialise in teaching and supporting elderly / mature drivers. I teach in an automatic (electric) car and I have a profile on the specialist Disability Driving Instructors website.

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