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First Aid education could save thousands of lives a year, so why isn't it on the curriculum?

First Aid education could save thousands of lives a year, so why isn't it on the curriculum? | First Aid Training | Scoop.it

Who was your favourite teacher at school? The one who brought the Victorians to life or the one who made chemistry go off with a bang? Chances are they knew how to make their lessons exciting, relevant and inspiring. Of course, even top teachers need subjects that will get their pupils fired up – and few fit the bill like first aid. Importantly, this subject is also absolutely essential for us to build a more resilient and humane generation.

We know that emergencies can happen anywhere, but only seven per cent of people in the UK can correctly recall first aid advice and feel confident and willing to give first aid. Simple skills learned in just a few minutes – like what do if someone becomes unconscious – can save lives.

The Red Cross recommends that schools make life-saving skills and resilience building part of core subjects like science and PE. Our studies show that first aid lessons give young people life-saving skills and the confidence to use them.

Yet only 20 per cent of secondary school students in England and Wales say they have learned life-saving skills in the classroom and just 4 per cent of them would step up in aid of someone needing first aid assistance, according to an ICM poll in January.

This is why the British Red Cross has launched the Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver campaign, urging the Government to put these topics at the heart of England’s new national curriculum. It’s a call which can only succeed with as many members of the public as possible signing up to the e-campaign and making their voices heard.

Earlier this month, the Government announced draft plans for the new curriculum making no mention of first aid education at all. These proposals are now open to public consultation; and we have less than two months to shape the future lives of millions, by getting first aid into schools so every child can learn how save a life.

What is encouraging is that young people themselves are overtly keen to learn first aid. The ICM poll found that 94 per cent of secondary school students would feel more confident to help a friend or family member needing first aid if they received training. Additionally, 91 per cent of students would like to learn first aid in schools.

These numbers should be a massive wake up call for each and every one of us: teachers, parents, politicians and children themselves. First aid education must be more accessible in the classroom to build a generation of better citizens who possess life-saving skills. The evidence shows the UK needs to build a generation of lifesavers by teaching them first aid at school from primary school level.

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Should first aid training in schools should be compulsory? - News - Education Executive

Should first aid training in schools should be compulsory? - News - Education Executive | First Aid Training | Scoop.it

According to St. John’s Ambulance, 140,000 people in the UK die each year in situations where first aid could have saved them. Could making first aid education in schools compulsory reduce this number?

In a survey of more than 1,500 school children, 70% said they would not know how to help in an emergency and 80% said that they would feel safer if they had some first aid knowledge.

First aid is a mandatory subject for Welsh and Northern Ireland pupils, but in England and Scotland it is only an option within the curriculum. 83% of primary school teachers who responded to the survey said they would like first aid lessons, but less than one in five schools currently provide them.

The Government has previously stated it aimed to bring first aid education into England by 2011, however this has yet to come into fruition.

Paul Hosking, MD at Aid Training commented: “There aren’t enough first aiders in the UK, only 7% of the UK population can recall first aid advice. If children are taught first aid from an early age and throughout education they could one day be able to save a life.”

Around 2,500 people die each year from a blocked airway, preventable by putting the person into the recovery position. The British Red Cross estimates that of the 5.5 million people who visit A&E each year due to an accident, about 3 million have injuries that would have benefitted from some form of first aid treatment.

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