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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 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
25/09/2018 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4UL LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
03/10/2018 Appleton Academy, Woodside Road, Wyke, Bradford BD12 8AL LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
07/11/2018 Warrington - Flexible Meetings. Olympic Park, Woolston Grange Avenue, Birchwood, Warrington WA2 0YL SOLD OUT Book Now
14/11/2018 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4UL SOLD OUT Book Now
21/11/2018 Thetford - Keystone Innovation Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1JD LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
28/11/2018 Brighton - Varley Park Conference Centre, The Hub, Varley Park, Coldean Lane, Brighton BN1 9GR LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
05/12/2018 Worcester - Bank House Hotel, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JD LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
21/01/2019 Doncaster - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
28/01/2019 Guildford - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
04/02/2019 Solihull - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
11/02/2019 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester OX26 4UL LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
25/02/2019 Leeds - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
04/03/2019 Kent - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
11/03/2019 Bristol - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
18/03/2019 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester OX26 4UL LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
25/03/2019 Cardiff - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
23/01/2019 Castle Minibus, 10 Wedgwood Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4UL LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
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27/03/2019 Reading - TBC LAST FEW SPACES Book Now
10/04/2019 Cardiff - TBC LAST FEW SPACES 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.

The MCC courses will be held throughout the UK in 2018 and 2019 and will cover 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
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