St John Ambulance and WICKED join
St John Ambulance has partnered with the
award-winning West End musical WICKED to launch the
website Teach the difference. The resource was created to
help schools teach first aid to pupils aged five to 16 and to
promote the values associated with the life saving skill.
Addressing a social need
The website was launched in response to
feedback from teachers who believed first aid could help teach
pupils crucial values. Almost all teachers (94%) surveyed said
first aid lessons in school would aid young people in becoming more
responsible. One in three teachers (30.2%) believed cost was the
biggest obstacle to teaching first aid*.
Teach the difference addresses both of these
by offering schools free or low cost resources to help increase the
number of young people learning first aid. It uses the example of
Elphaba – the musical’s lead character – to illustrate the
values behind first aid.
Up to 150,000 people die each year when
first aid could have given them a chance to live; schools can play
an important role in tackling this problem. First aid, as a
subject, can fulfil multiple elements of the PSHE and citizenship
curriculum, using resources on the website.
A WICKED partnership
Drawing on WICKED's themes of
choices, values and consequences, Teach the difference is the
first step in St John Ambulance's partnership with the award
winning musical and will enable schools to teach first aid in a
more integrated way,
'It's crucial that young people are taught
to make the right choices and learning how to save lives is a
perfect example. Teach the difference offers schools a more
engaging way to teach first aid that they can use at little or no
cost. Working with WICKED means that we
can present teachers with a uniquely engaging, free resource to
give them additional support, at a time when they're likely to be
under pressure to reduce the amount they spend,' said Will Chew, St
John Ambulance Education Officer.
Inspiring a generation
WICKED Executive Producer Michael
McCabe was inspired by St John Ambulance's determination that
nobody should die because they needed first aid.
'Particularly when we saw the shocking figure
that 150,000 people die every year in situations where first aid
could have been the difference.'
Over 250,000 pupils have seen WICKED in the
last five years. With her high morals, strong spirit and
willingness to stand up for what is right, the lead character
Elphaba has become a role model for many of those
'In difficult situations young people can now
look to the figure of Elphaba to ask "What would
Elphaba do?" When pupils are given this confidence, along
with the skills to save a life, it makes for a very powerful
combination,' said McCabe.
For a limited period St John Ambulance and
WICKED will be offering a free Young First Aider teaching
guide (retailing at £30) to those who register on Teach the
*Surveymonkey survey of 104 teachers,