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An Instructor's Story Revisited

Back in May 2014 we reported on how one of our newest instructors at the time, Robin Brisley, had settled into his role of cycling instructor.  We thought it would be nice to give you an update and let you know how Robin is doing and share his thoughts on his time with Outspoken Training.

Previously Robin mentioned how he felt well supported throughout his initial months delivering Bikeability training, thanks to the peer mentoring system. He felt this support had helped him develop his own style of teaching and to structure courses that achieved the underpinning principles of the National Standard. Well three years on, Robin is now an established Peer Mentor himself and is regularly helping other instructors develop their practice, through facilitating positive 2-way feedback sessions.

“I was delighted to be asked to become a peer mentor for Outspoken. Not only was this a show of faith in my teaching, but also a role I felt confident I would enjoy. Outspoken has many great instructors I can continually learn from but also help too”.

Robin's progress didn’t stop there, as in 2016 he stepped up to deliver the fantastic 6 week Bikeability Plus programme, for 4 schools in Peterborough. This involved whole school activities with a mixture of Balance Bike training, Learn to Ride lessons and Bike Maintenance sessions, all kicking off with a huge one day Try-Out show launch event.

“This was really rewarding. The pedal-powered duke box at the launch event got the whole school involved for a day of fun cycling, with teachers and parents joining in”.

More recently Robin has attended an internal 1 day CPD course on delivering Private Training and Bikeability Level 3, which opens the door to more variety within his work

“I can now put together a bespoke course for individuals from all ability levels, ranging from an absolute beginner through to experienced cyclists that may want to make regular journeys by bike. A commute to work for example”.

When asked, what advice would you have for anyone considering to become a National Standards cycling instructor Robin replied;

“If you enjoy cycling, like to smile, can communicate, be positive and encouraging with children then the job is for you! Working with young trainees is challenging but rewarding and fun, I love it!

Great work Robin! If you would like to know more about becoming a cycling instructor with Outspoken please visit our vacancies web page or get in touch

Robin's original story:

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