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New, adaptable first aid training for students launched



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 injuries.

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 first aid.

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 a life.

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 nationally.