New, adaptable first aid training for students
St John Ambulance launched a new first aid training programme
for schools, called Student
first aid, on 3 March 2014.
The programme allows school staff to
tailor first aid training that fits their pupils and the
demands of a busy school day.
There are two options to choose from:
1. Teachers can customise a
training programme tailored for the needs of their classroom by
choosing a series of modules. Each module runs for 20 - 30 minutes
and includes a range of topics specific to schools, including
asthma, allergic reactions, seizures, low blood sugar and head
2.Students can learn first
aid through a pre-set training offer that ranges from one- to
five-hour courses. These courses cover first aid basics such as
choking, bleeding and CPR.
Meeting the needs of schools
After consulting with schools about their evolving needs, there
was a strong call for more bespoke and specific training
options. SJA moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach
and developed an adaptable pilot programme set in schools in the
North West and East Midlands in 2013.
The pilot programme had an overwhelming response from school
staff and students. One of the main improvements with the new
programme is the introduction of training on meningitis, stroke and
poisoning, that were not available before. The programme is also
available to youth sporting groups who need focused training on
specific medical conditions.
SJA schools first aid courses continue to meet National
Curriculum requirements for Science, PSHE/Citizenship and
PE. Student first aid is for students between the ages of seven and
16, in primary and secondary
schools. SJA dedicated trainers are equipped with extensive
first aid knowledge, experience working with young people, and have
a valid DBS check.
Opportunities for young people
Our research shows that seven out of
10 pupils wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was
hurt. And yet, the majority say they would like to learn
As the nation’s leading first aid charity,
SJA believes every young person should be first aid
trained. The organisation wants young people to have
the confidence to use first aid in a situation where they can save
Each year, over 500,000 youth are
given this confidence using SJA resources. In 2013 SJA
delivered school training courses to 100,000 young people