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First aid to be added to the school curriculum

We’re delighted with the government’s decision to include first aid in the school curriculum!

From 2020 onwards, all state-funded schools in England will be required to teach first aid as part of health education. This will include basic first aid for primary school children, for example dealing with common injuries, such as head injuries. Young people in secondary schools will be taught further first aid. For example, how to administer CPR and the purpose of defibrillators.

Read the government’s proposals and give your views on the consultation.

Thank you for your help in creating a new generation of life savers!

We've been campaigning for years with the British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross, to make first aid a priority in the classroom.

Recently, we got involved in the Department for Education’s ‘call for evidence’ on PSHE (personal, social, health, and economic) education. As part of this, we submitted a report to the Department for Education asking for first aid to be made a mandatory part of statutory PSHE. Download the report.

‘Lives will be saved, and young people will benefit from developing skills that will build their character and strengthen community resilience. Thank you to all of our supporters whose campaigning has paved the way for a new generation of life savers. We look forward to working with the Department for Education and with schools up and down the country to ensure that young people’s health takes its important place on the curriculum.’

- Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive

In the meantime…

Don’t wait until 2020, if you’re a teacher or youth leader, you could start teaching your pupils first aid now.

We have lots of free resources available to help teachers bring first aid into the classroom. Have a look at our lesson plans, or watch the Big First Aid Lesson.



Free first aid teaching resources

Set up a first aid school club

Get resources to help set up a first aid club a your school

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A-Z of teaching modules

Browse our full range free first aid lesson plans and resources

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The Big First Aid Lesson

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School children learning first aid