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
Thank you for your help in creating a new generation of life
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
‘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.