CatherineB wrote:It has to be look,signal,move but even this has its dangers. As a Bikeabilty instructor I have seen children more than once do exactly as they were told,look ,see a car a few yards behind,signal and then move into it’s path. So chanting mantras like look,signal,move have very limited use. When moving road position we might look several times before a gap in fast moving traffic allows us signal and move into the traffic flow safely. As children start off training on roads with little traffic we want to avoid them acting like it’s a dance routine,twist your head,fling your arm out and move. It’s really important that they know what they are looking for.Decision making and accessing risk is the hardest bit for a child so it’s really key that they work out that they are not just looking, they are deciding whether it’s safe to signal and move road position or not.
This, very much.
Cycling Proficiency was built on learn-by-rote style drills, and they're not really good enough any more (if they ever were).
The emerging new National Standard (currently in consultation but we have an initial draft) very much emphasises the need for thinking and strategy rather than a list of things to do in order. It remains to be seen how it'll be implemented in teaching resources, but the idea at least is a step forwards.