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What is the ‘Practical Seal of Quality’?

Key Training Academy know that learners learn best when they are presented with different methods that appeal to their individual learning style.  We have developed our own set of quality assurance mechanisms for our lesson plans, including the ‘Practical Seal of Quality'.  This means that all our training, including the 'Skills for Health'-aligned Mandatory, includes relevant, practical resources that enable learners to demonstrate and deepen their understanding.  Key Training Academy's resource-rich collection includes:

- Full anatomical skeletons and spines
- Laerdal Resus-Dolls for First Aid and Life Support
- A full range of electronic and manual hoists
- A full set of slide sheets and hoist slings, turning discs and transfer boards
- Wheelchairs and walking aids
- Automated External Defibrillators
- Anatomically-correct catheterisation models
- Latex arms for venepuncture and cannulation training
- Syringes, viles and drip poles
- Model brains
- Blood pressure monitoring equipment
- Syringe drivers

How is the Seal Implemented?

All lesson plans devised by our Training & Development Manager are independently checked by the Academy Directors, to ensure they match a set list of criteria.  They are then reviewed on an annual basis, and in line with changes at national level, to ensure they remain relevant.  The checking principles are:

- No over-use, or unnecessary use, of PowerPoint slides

- PowerPoint slides must not be too word-heavy, otherwise training may become verbatim

- Lesson plans include varied activities that appeal to all learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing and Kinaesthetic) and can easily be modified by the trainer to suit the needs of the group

- Where possible, videos and slides are replaced with practical activities using actual equipment that is being studied

- If required, the Academy Directors pledge to invest in any suitable practical equipment that will enhance the learning experience

- Information, and the requirement of practical activities, are checked against any national expectations to ensure they are relevant and current