Teachers and school staff encouraged to learn first aid during
‘inset’ day to respond to allergies and injuries
St John Ambulance is encouraging teachers
and school staff to learn life saving first aid during their
‘inset’ training day as the summer allergy season approaches.
According to Allergy UK, 50% of children and
young people have one or more allergy. Each year the
number of allergy sufferers increases by 5% and half of those
affected are children.
The UK is one of the top three countries in the world with
the highest incident of allergy. Every school is
likely to have at least one pupil who is severely food
allergic and many schools will have more. Peanut
allergies are particularly common with one in 70 children
nationwide thought to be affected.
At least one pupil in every school has severe food
The St John Ambulance First aid inset training
course allows schools to customise first aid
training from a list of first aid modules, including:
- severe allergic reaction
- common injuries
- or medical conditions.
Alternatively the standard inset day training course includes
key subjects such as:
- the role of a first aider
- and dealing with an unconscious casualty.
During 2012 more than 4,650 people from across
the country have undertaken St John Ambulance First aid
inset training, ensuring teachers and staff can
confidently provide effective first aid.
Richard Evens, Commercial Marketing Director, said: ‘Our
research has shown that the top five subjects most popular with
schools are severe allergic reaction, asthma, bleeding, choking and
fractures. We also understand that, when it comes to first
aid, every classroom is different and
most pupils and staff will have different needs.
That’s why our training can be tailor-made to suit the school and
delivered at their premises. Schools have to set aside five days
each year during term-time for staff training, so this is the
perfect opportunity to learn life saving first aid.’
‘With so many children now suffering from allergies, including
asthma, hayfever and food allergies, we understand that the
ability to understand allergic conditions and
deal with sudden or severe symptoms is
fast becoming an essential part of child care. Schools,
like any other employer, have a legal responsibility to provide
first aid training to their staff. But even more importantly we’re
talking about giving teachers vital skills which could mean they’re
the difference between a life lost and a life saved when faced with
an emergency on school premises.’ he added.
Teachers to be given vital skills to deal with emergencies on
Lindsey McManus, Deputy CEO, Allergy UK says:
‘Allergy UK welcomes this initiative by St
John Ambulance. With more children in
schools having severe reactions to foods, it is becoming ever more
important that teachers have training on how to cope both with the
everyday needs of an allergic child and also how to cope in an
St John Ambulance works with 27,782 schools in the UK. The
charity also provides first aid training to hundreds of thousands
of young people every year.