Did you know that last week Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, confirmed that CPR will be added to the school curriculum in England?
The new proposals will see first aid and CPR being added to the curriculum as part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) plan to strengthen teaching of health, sex and relationships education in England from 2020.
With out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates being up to three times higher in countries where first aid is taught in schools compared to the UK, this decisive move could see thousands of lives saved each year.
Here at Orangebox, we are overjoyed to see that all young people in England will have been taught basic first aid and CPR, including the use of defibrillators by the time they leave secondary school. Paramedic and leading author of the UK’s No.1 range of first aid training books, Nigel Barraclough, had the following to say:
“It is great to see that this landmark decision is now becoming a reality and thousands of secondary school pupils across the country will be trained in valuable life-saving CPR and first aid. Norway has been teaching CPR in schools for many years and the increase in bystander CPR is the main reason that they have survival rates as high as 25% compared to the UK’s 10%. By providing school children with the opportunity to learn these valuable skills, this is a significant step towards improving cardiac survival rates in the UK.”
We here at Orangebox can help schools meet the requirement set by the government by sending in trainers to teach first aid to the children in set sessions. We will be very flexible to meet the needs of today’s schools and put utmost effort in only using trainers that will engage with the learners. If you require any further information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated Team on 01429 874530 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to help.