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Students get in the driving seat for the return of Young Driver

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

Pictured: Louis Higgins aged 12 on the Young Driver scheme.

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Once again, The Cheadle Academy has hosted a Young Driver event on Monday 16th June.

Last year was an enormous success with more than 60 KS3 students taking part.

The academy has had a similar number participate this year, with students having 20 minute lessons throughout the day.

Young Driver puts students behind the wheel of a brand new dual control SKODA with fully qualified ADI driving instructors teaching them how to start, drive, brake, corner, change gear, stop and even reverse all on the first lesson.

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Research shows that it is a lack of driving experience not a lack of years on the planet that causes one in five newly qualified drivers to crash within six months of passing their test.

This programme is sponsored by SKODA, Admiral Insurance and Goodyear.

Event organiser and IAG co-ordinator at the Cheadle Academy Adrian Harding said: "We are always looking for ways to develop students experiences and learning on a variety of different levels. "One key life skill and source of independence is the ability to drive and we want students to view driving with respect and care.

"The Cheadle Academy decided that it would be a good idea to expose students to driving as early as possible in the safe and positive environment of the school, using Young Driver's dual-control cars and specially trained instructors.

"The students appreciated very quickly that driving is a lot more difficult than it looks.

"They have to be very careful and safe when driving and have a high degree of respect for other road users and pedestrians.

"Some other consequences include increased levels of self-confidence, the ability to assess risks and reach decisions, and receiving instruction and learning kinaesthetically.

"These are key employability skills and an essential part of a rounded education."

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