Life saving lessons in first aid for pupils

Leamington school pupils will be amongst the first in the UK to join in the first Big First Aid Lesson to be beamed into classrooms in June.

The free, one-hour online first aid session hosted by television presenter Claudia Winkleman and will be streamed directly into schools.

With less than a month to go until the event, schools are being encouraged to tune into the lesson so that every young person has the access to learn essential first aid skills.

The webinar will combine first aid training and 999 scenarios with real life stories, as well as plenty of opportunities for pupils to join the conversation via Google Hangouts.

So far, the Big First Aid Lesson will be reaching over 130,000 Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 school children nationally with over 1,000 schools signed up, but there is still time for more classrooms to join.

Nick Pitt, Schools Training Co-ordinator for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said: “Our Big First Aid Lesson addresses the public’s desire for first aid education in the classroom while it doesn’t feature in the national curriculum. We hope they can help us motivate their child’s school to take part – it could be the most important lesson they ever learn.

“Like parents and teachers, we want to give children the best start in life by giving every young person the chance to learn first aid.

“There is nothing worse than feeling helpless in an emergency and although we hope they’ll never need to use these skills, they can be a real life line.”

Claudia Winkleman, a TV presenter and mother of three, said: “The Big First Aid Lesson is a fantastic and engaging way of teaching students the skills they may need to help keep a classmate or a family member safe in an emergency while they’re out on the playground or enjoying their summer holidays. “All schools should make teaching young people basic first aid a top priority.”

This year, the event will focus on first aid skills that might be needed over holidays and pupils will learn how to confidently deal with injuries.