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First Aid

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the British Red Cross proposal, Life. Live it. The case for first aid education in UK schools, published in September. [HL7474]

There is scope in the non-statutory personal social and health education framework for schools to explore safety and emergency procedures as part of the curriculum. At key stage 3, the framework suggests pupils should be taught “basic emergency procedures and where to get help and support”. At key stage 4, pupils should be taught to “develop basic skills to cope with emergency situations that require basic aid procedures, including resuscitation techniques”.

As personal social and health education is non-statutory, the implementation of the subject is decided by schools on an individual basis. However, we welcome the development of the “Life. Live it” resources by the British Red Cross, which will help teachers in addressing these areas of the framework.