National Schools’ First Aid Competition
The National Schools First Aid Competition is our annual event
that brings together teams from primary and secondary schools
across England and the Channel Islands, to compete against each
other in a range of first aid scenarios for the chance to be
Teams have to work together to deal with each scenario, they are
judged for their communication skills, ability to work calmly under
pressure and giving the correct treatment.
Actors help to give the scenarios a sense of realism, by playing
them out after being made up by casualty make-up artists to
simulate real-life injuries and ailments.
Each team is made up of four members, who work together to use
their first aid skills and knowledge to deal with the first aid
scenarios, while a fifth, reserve member, is also judged
individually on a separate task.
Earlier this year saw the first round of competitions take
place, winners from each region will compete in the national finals
on 25 June.
Wendy Human, Director of Charitable Initiatives and Training at
SJA said: ‘First aid should be as important a part of growing up as
learning the alphabet, yet seven out of ten pupils say they
wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was hurt.
‘This competition and our schools resource is a great way for us
to empower young people with life-saving skills as well as improve
self-esteem, and enhance other life skills. We hope that more
schools will be encouraged to teach first aid and take part in the
competition next year so their students can be the difference in an
Where will the event take place?
The National Competition will take place at Drayton Manor Theme
Park in Staffordshire, and once the competition has taken place,
the contestants can enjoy the theme park for the rest of the
Why are we doing this?
The National competition is part of our goal to equip an entire
generation with the confidence and ability to be the difference
between life and death. Incredibly, first aid is not on the
National Curriculum in England. Most young people grow up without
even the most basic knowledge of how to save a life.
Learning first aid not only provides young people with important
life-saving skills, it also helps to build self-esteem and a sense
of responsibility, as well as teaching teamwork and communication