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Minibus Compliance Course - Two-Part Course

Are you the person responsible for your school’s transport?

Have you ever received any formal training for this position or to help you in your job?

Castle’s Minibus Compliance Course was developed and written in consultation with regulator and specialist in this area, former Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Beverley Bell and is delivered by highly experienced ADI driver trainers.

The law in this area is complex and not always easily understood by schools and their teaching staff, with severe penalties for non-compliance, as well as the risk to the safety of your pupils. It is therefore vital that your school gets it right.

Our ISBA, RoSPA and RAC approved bespoke courses are held at our dedicated training centre in Bicester, Oxfordshire as well as at convenient locations across the UK.

If you want to discuss our MCC courses or anything else, we are here to help.

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If you have not had any formal training for the important role of minibus administrator, this certified programme on minibus compliance and legislation provides you with an opportunity to share experiences with other school managers, gain essential but practical day to day understanding of your role, whilst developing and strengthening your understanding of all that is involved with your position.

The Minibus Compliance Course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for their school’s transport needs, covering all the things you need to know to give you a greater understanding of your role and responsibilities, and is delivered in two parts;


Part One - The one day classroom based course, covering four key areas;

  • The legal minefield: We guide you through the permits and licences which you operate under – depending on the status of your drivers and the type of school you work for including who has the responsibility for legal compliance
  • Vehicles: We look at the differences in driving a minibus and the challenges teacher-drivers face, best practice weekly and daily minibus checks and required safety inspections
  • Drivers: We cover what the driver’s responsibilities are as well as the schools and the penalties you and the school could face if you don’t fulfil them
  • The journey: Things you need to consider when planning journeys and emergency protocols.

Part Two - The half-day assessment

After attending MCC part one, your appointed school transport manager will have an on-site half day assessment from a highly qualified approved driving instructor with a follow up report on your school’s transport ‘safety system’.

Course Date Course Location Course Status
25/02/2019 Leeds - Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8AG. LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
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06/03/2019 Nottingham - Holiday Inn, Derby - Nottingham M1 J25, Bostocks Lane, Sandiacre, Nottingham. NG10 5NJ AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
13/03/2019 Torquay - The Imperial Hotel, Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
20/03/2019 Wolverhampton - Holiday Inn Wolverhampton – Racecourse, Dunstall Park, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0PE AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
27/03/2019 Reading - TBC AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
20/02/2019 Glasgow - Glasgow Westerwood Spa and Golf Resort, 1 St Andrews Drive, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G68 0EW JOIN WAITING LIST Book Now
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30/04/2019 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester OX26 4UL AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
02/05/2019 Durham - Radisson Blu Hotel, Rankland Lane, DH1 5TA AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
07/05/2019 Gloucester - Holiday Inn Express, Waterwells Business Park, Telford Way GL2 2AB AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
09/05/2019 Southampton - Holiday Inn, Herbert Walker Avenue, SO15 1HJ AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
14/05/2019 Redhill - TBC AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
27/02/2019 St Albans - Holiday Inn, Barnett Bypass, Borehamwood, London, WD6 5PU JOIN WAITING LIST Book Now
04/04/2019 Cambridge - Holiday Inn Cambridge, Lake View, Impington. Cambridge CB24 9PH AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now
25/03/2019 Cardiff - Holiday Inn Cardiff North M4/J32 AVAILABLE TO BOOK Book Now

New dates are currently being prepared for 2019.

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*Our course is for a minimum of six candidates and a maximum of twelve candidates.

Castle Driver Training a little bit of history

In developing our relationships with our schools, we were made aware of another area the schools were struggling with, and that was Driver Training for D1 and assessment days (also known as MiDAS). So in 2013, we formed Castle Driver Training. We set new standards in this area by having highly qualified ADI top grade Driver Trainers, in the latest model Ford Transit minibuses and very quickly, we were recording a pass rate that was near twice the national average.

We guide our candidates throughout the theory and practical tests which minimise the time the Bursar or School Business Manager previously had to spend with colleagues trying to coach them in an area they don't as standard have specialist knowledge of, and therefore the quality of coaching can be somewhat diminished. Because of the quality of our staff and service we are saving schools money on supply teachers costs as we train in half the time other companies take to deliver courses and because we are the only company to come to school to teach, this saves valuable time and cost for the candidates as well as twice the chance of passing first time! Today 1 in 10 people taking their D1 test is doing so with Castle, and we trained our 1,000th teacher in spring 2017.

If you want to discuss our MCC courses or anything else, we are here to help.

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The MCC courses are held throughout the UK, Wales and Scotland and covers the following topics:

The role and responsibilities of the School Transport Manager

Your driver, the vehicle and the journey

An over view of how to stay compliant with Minibus laws and regulations

The current legislation surrounding having a school minibus

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Minibus Compliance Course two part course
please call 01869 253744 or email: enquiries@castleminibus.co.uk

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Adam Hill,
Test Valley School

The whole process was brilliant. I was really impressed with how accommodating everyone was.

Christine Munro, Office Manager,
Woodside Academy

Christine attended one of our Minibus Compliance Courses, 'Absolutely brilliant, informative knowledgeable and pleasant patient trainers. Highly recommended. Good value for money. 10 out of 10.'

David Neave and Grant Shayler,
Bishop Burton College

Of the Minibus Compliance Course, David said, 'Good overall content of the course. 8 out of 10' and Grant said, 'I generally enjoyed all aspects of course from beginning to end - Many Thanks. 9 out of 10'.

Julia Reynolds,
Cathorpe Academy

10/10 - This [MCC] course has answered everything I was unsure about as Transport Manager.

Julie Henrick,
Solihull School

9/10 - Very informative [MCC] workshop. Learned various elements to managing the fleet of school minibuses at school and appointing a 'Transport Manager'.

Lindsey Rae,
All Souls Catholic Primary School

10/10 - I am so glad I came [on the MCC]. There is a lot of work to be done back at school but I feel fully prepared and enabled to be able to get a policy and process set up. Highly recommended - worth every penny!

Philip Chalkley,
Wycliffe College

'Philip gave us this feedback after our Minibus Compliance Course: 10 / 10 - Very well presented. A lot of very important info obtained. Ideal length of course, made to feel very much at ease. Well-done chaps!'

Sanj Dhadda, Business Manager,
Arnold Lodge School

10 / 10 - This [MCC] course was quite easily the most useful session I've attended in 2 years of joining the education sector. Cliff & Chris are very knowledgeable and pitched the course perfectly.

Steven Haigh,
Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

Very informative [Minibus Compliance] course which will help me in my current role as Transport Manager. 10 out 10.

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