The teaching resources include a presentation and a lesson plan with suggested activities. By the end of the lesson, your students will:

  1. be aware of the different triggers of an allergic reaction, such as insect stings, animal hair, and certain foods

  2. be able to recognise the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction

  3. know the first aid steps to treat someone suffering from a severe allergic reaction.

Who can deliver this first aid lesson?

The lesson plans can be delivered by teachers, higher-level teaching assistants, school nurses and youth leaders who have a current first aid qualification. The first aid qualification must cover the topic you are teaching.

All the information from the resources can be found in the current edition of the First Aid Manual.

Teaching resources

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