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The Big First Aid Lesson - firework safety for children

Thousands of students learnt first aid for free through the Big First Aid Lesson, streamed into schools across the country on 3 November 2017.

The Big First Aid Lesson 2017 was a great success, teaching thousands of students first aid in schools across the country. Thank you to everyone who took part!


This year's theme was Bonfire Night and learning how to deal with fireworks-related injuries.

For those who missed the live stream, you can watch it on demand from Monday 6 November 2017 by registering online.

It was hosted by school children and television star Reece Buttery. Well-known for his roles in the BBC Christmas adaptation of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny, CBBC's The Dumping Ground and The Secret Life of Boys, Reece is also a St John Ambulance Cadet.

The Big First Aid Lesson is aimed at primary and early secondary school students and will include practical elements, animations and interactive activities that will give thousands of young people life saving skills.

Bonfire night theme

With the popularity of bonfires, fireworks and sparklers, it’s important to know how to deal with any bonfire and fireworks-related injuries.

Students observed common real-life first aid situations and demonstrations of relevant first aid techniques, as well as important fireworks safety tips.

By making first aid accessible, fun and easy to learn, students can gain the confidence to do the right thing when it counts.

Get more information on this year's Big First Aid Lesson topics:

Missed the live stream? Watch on demand

If you missed the live stream on 3 November 2017, you can still catch up with this year’s Big First Aid Lesson by watching it on demand. It will be available from Monday 6 November. Register online and watch it via our microsite.

Lesson resources and videos

To make the most of the Big First Aid Lesson with your class, you will be able to download complimentary resources from our dedicated teacher zone. These include:

  • • Teacher Packs including lesson plans, worksheets and activities (relevant to each Key Stage)
  • • Certificates
  • • Fundraising packs
  • • Posters
  • • First aid videos from our previous Big First Aid Lessons.

Big First Aid Lesson saves a life - in just one day

Less than 24 hours after learning life saving skills with the Big First Aid lesson at school, nine-year-old Jack saved his dad's life.

Tell us your first aid story…and inspire a new generation of first aiders!

If you or one of your students has ever given emergency first aid, please tell us about it. Real stories help children see how vital first aid is – motivating them to get trained, and to take action if they are ever faced with an emergency. We especially want to hear from you if one of your students watched the Big First Aid Lesson Live last year, and has since used the first aid they learned from that.

If you've got an amazing first aid story to tell, we'd love to hear it. Send the details to

Get more first aid teaching resources

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Buy the First Aid Manual

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