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The Big First Aid Lesson

Access all of our free first aid teaching resources from the Big First Aid Lesson.

The Big First Aid Lesson is a child-friendly lesson-long show aimed at primary and early secondary school students. It includes practical elements, animations, and interactive activities.

During the lesson, students:

  • • learn about common real-life first aid situations
  • • observe demonstrations of relevant first aid techniques
  • • learn important safety tips.

The Big First Aid Lesson 2017

The Big First Aid Lesson 2017 was a great success, teaching thousands of students first aid in schools across the country. Thank you to everyone who took part!

For those who missed the live stream, you can watch it on demand by registering online. You'll also be able to access Big First Aid Lessons from previous years.

Register online to watch on demand. 

The theme in 2017 was Bonfire Night and learning how to deal with fireworks-related injuries.

It was hosted by school children and television star Reece Buttery. Reece is well-known for his roles in the BBC Christmas adaptation of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny, CBBC's The Dumping Ground, and The Secret Life of Boys. He is also a St John Ambulance Cadet.

By making first aid accessible, fun, and easy to learn - students can gain the confidence to do the right thing when it counts.

Get more information on the 2017 Big First Aid Lesson topics:

Missed the live stream? Watch on demand

If you missed the live stream on 3 November 2017, you can still catch up with the 2017 Big First Aid Lesson by signing up online and watching it on demand.

Tell us your first aid story…and inspire a new generation of first aiders!

If you or one of your students has ever given emergency first aid, please tell us about it. Real stories help children see how vital first aid is – motivating them to get trained, and to take action if they are ever faced with an emergency. We especially want to hear from you if one of your students watched the Big First Aid Lesson Live last year, and has since used the first aid they learned from that.

If you've got an amazing first aid story to tell, we'd love to hear it. Tell us your first aid story.


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Buy the First Aid Manual

The information in our resources is taken from the latest edition of the First Aid Manual. Buy your copy

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