July 2016

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Each year, expert trainers from St John Ambulance teach first aid to hundreds of thousands of young people through its school programmes.

Building a generation of lifesavers

The charity St John Ambulance consults with schools and provides them with the educational tools needed to turn students into lifesavers. Resources include a range of free teaching plans and materials, available to use in the classroom.

Katy Sparrow-Robins, Schools Manager at St John Ambulance, said: “We believe every child should have access to first aid training and that first aid should be taught in every school.

“Through our student programme and free resources, we give schools a flexible approach in offering first-aid training to their students. Everything we provide is suitable for young people from the ages of seven to 16, in both primary and secondary schools. Our training programmes and resources allow teachers to choose the options that fit their pupils and the demands of a busy school day.”

What are the benefits to schools?

Under the Education Act (2002), schools are required, as part of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students and society. By enabling students to learn first aid at school in line with the National Curriculum, school leaders can go a considerable way towards achieving this while also empowering students to learn skills that could one day save someone’s life. The DfE’s Character Grant also supports St John Ambulance’s work with young people, as it develops perseverance, confidence, motivation, neighbourliness, tolerance, honesty and conscientiousness.

Free first aid teaching resources

Schools can download free online teaching modules that cover a range of first-aid scenarios from bites and stings to choking and resuscitation. The resources include presentations, customisable lesson plans, worksheets and videos. The lesson plans can be delivered by teachers, higher-level teaching assistants, school nurses and youth leaders who have a current first-aid qualification. Additional first-aid support can be found in the current edition of the First Aid Manual. For an A–Z of all downloadable teaching modules, see www.sja.org.uk/resources

The Big First Aid Lesson

The Big First Aid Lesson is a series of short – 20-minute-long – first-aid programmes that cover a range of different topics, with real-life scenarios and easy-to-follow demonstrations. Teachers can download a new lesson each term to watch with their class and they can finish the school year with an annual live event, The Big First Aid Lesson Live – for more details see www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson

Find out more

Schools can find out more about the training that St John Ambulance offers, including how to book an expert school trainer, at www.sja.org.uk/schools