First Aid on the National Curriculum

The government has proposed to add First Aid and CPR to the national school curriculum in England. If you like the sound of this, we need your support and ACTION!

There was a lot of excitement last month over the government’s announcement to help children learn these life saving skills. And rightly so – it’s been a long time coming.

First Aid National Curriculum

The draft proposal sees First Aid and CPR being added to the national curriculum in England from 2020. This move could save thousands of lives each year. This is because out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates are known to be up to three times higher in countries where First Aid is taught in schools. Pretty impressive stuff.

To sum things up, the draft legislation proposes that primary school pupils are taught:

  • How to make a clear and efficient call to the emergency services 
  • Dealing with some common injuries such as head injuries

The legislation also proposes that secondary school pupils are taught:

  • Basic treatment for common injuries
  • Life saving skills including how to perform CPR
  • When a defibrillator might be needed

A consultation has been published online allowing members of the public to comment on the draft legislation. The consultation asks for views on the proposed legislation and closes on 7th November 2018.

The legislation also includes proposals to Relationships and Sex Education and wider Health Education. 

Here at Life Saving Training, we’ve responded to the consultation and offered our support to the draft legislation. To show your support and to respond to the government’s consultation, just click here: 

If you have any questions on the draft legislation and how to show your support if you agree with it, just let us know. We’d love to help!

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