So one thing is apparent when you spend your time teaching people to drive, they want to cut costs, yes I'm looking at you on the sofa, in the pj's. There are two sides to this argument for the perspective of an ADI, which means Approved Driving Instructor if you have ever wondered.
How cheap is your life? How do I mean, well when you learn to drive you are learning "safe driving for life", this is the mantra of the DVSA, how long is a life? Lets say you pass at 18 years old, your full licence will now last until your 70th birthday, yes really. Now, how many things, apart from a house, last 50+ years? Not many. You are learning the ultimate life long skill so cutting costs can mean cutting corners and if you do that skill could not quite be the standard that could one day save your life. So how much is a life worth? Do you value yours so cheaply?
The other side of the coin is that the more it costs you, the better the training, after all, didn't he just say that? No, I said cutting costs by cutting corners is a bad idea. All ADIs', no matter who they work with have to pass the same qualifying tests, some of us do further training so we come as a more rounded package, I don't mean the belly either. So ask your instructor if he/she is doing any CPD, whether it's reading up on things, going on courses or asking students for ideas to incorporate into lessons, make sure they are improving their skills so yours are good too.
But wait, what do you mean cutting corners? Some people like to learn the basics from an instructor and then practice with someone else. If that person isn't making sure you are exactly what you were taught to do, it maybe cheaper now but they won't pass their driving test and will back in an instructors car to relearn everything in order to pass their test.
I'm not saying practice is bad, oh no, it's a good thing but it must be good quality practice. More on this later. So stay tuned.