Since 2016 we have been teaching KS1 and KS2 children basic first aid skills. We believe that as well as empowering staff with the confidence to respond in an emergency, extending first aid training to pupils teaches them to care for others, equipping them with skills to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, inside the school gates and beyond.
Research by St John Ambulance showed that In a recent Health and Safety report of school employees:
- 97% of respondents rated providing pupils with an appreciation of health and safety risks as ‘important’ or ‘very important’
- A survey in 2011 also showed that 73% of schoolchildren wanted to learn how to resuscitate someone and give first aid.
By ensuring that our first aid training is as interactive as possible, and takes into consideration all learning styles, we help to encourage first aid knowledge from an early age so that pupils feel inspired to be the difference.
Training includes coping in an emergency, communication, casualty care, how to conduct a primary survey, how to treat a wound,an unconscious casualty and resuscitation. These basic life skills will stay with them long after they leave school, and with up to 150,000 people dying each year when first aid could have saved their life, these skills will undoubtedly prove useful later in life.