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First aid gives young people something amazing – the confidence to do the right thing when it really counts.

You can help us teach a generation first aid – through using our teaching resources, inviting a St John Ambulance trainer to teach first aid at your school, or taking part in the Big First Aid Lesson.

We’re incredibly proud to say our schools programme is supported by the Department for Education’s Character Grant, because it meets their criteria of developing: perseverance, confidence, motivation, neighbourliness, tolerance, honesty and conscientiousness.

We’ll be using the grant to hire more schools trainers, train 600 school first aid champions, give 100,000 young people first aid skills and give 31,500 young people in-depth first aid training. We’ll also be creating 100 new Cadet units.

Free first aid teaching resources

Our free, downloadable teaching resources offer you first aid training that’s tailor-made to meet the needs of your group.

Our first aid lesson plans provide teachers and youth leaders with the tools to pass on life saving skills to students aged between 7 and 16 years old, whether you’re teaching in the classroom or helping a youth group earn their first aid badge.

Specialist schools trainers

St John Ambulance’s experienced schools trainers are always available to provide you with help and support. They can help familiarise you with our teaching resources, and can also be booked to teach first aid to your students.

For more information about booking our schools trainers, email

Big First Aid Lesson

The Big First Aid Lessons are a series of short first aid programmes presented by St John Ambulance trainers. Each lesson covers four first aid topics, in real life scenarios with easy-to-follow first aid demonstrations. In the space of just 20 minutes, students can learn first aid skills which could stay with them for a lifetime.

You can download a new lesson every term to watch with your class. You can also finish the school year with our annual live event, The Big First Aid Lesson Live.

National Schools’ First Aid Competition

The National Schools’ First Aid Competition provides the perfect opportunity for your students to strengthen their first aid knowledge. By demonstrating their skills along with their peers in realistic scenarios, children develop the confidence to save a life and have fun at the same time.

Find out what you need to know and how to take part.

Find teaching resources to suit your needs

A-Z of teaching modules

Browse our full range lesson plans and resources

Children learning first aid

A-Z first aid teaching courses

Bespoke courses to suit the needs of your students

Children practising first aid

Book a trainer for your school

Book a St John Ambulance trainer to teach first aid to your students

Book a trainer for your school

Buy the First Aid Manual

The information in our resources is taken from the latest edition of the First Aid Manual. Buy your copy

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