Our volunteer scoops Pearson Silver Teaching
16 May 2014
Congratulations to our long-time volunteer,
John Andrews, who has scooped a Silver
Teaching Award in the prestigious Pearson Teaching
John was nominated by his students at
Featherstone High School in Southall, where he teaches Health and
Social Care. He was awarded the prize for making sure that
his students have the chance to learn first aid -
even though it’s not in the national curriculum. Each year,
Mr Andrews gives over 200 Year Nine students the confidence to
save someone’s life.
"I think every child should be taught
life saving skills,’ he said. ‘It's so rewarding when my
students tell me ‘Sir, I saved my little brother’s life yesterday
after he was choking’, or ‘I phoned an ambulance and made sure the
person stayed still until an ambulance came’."
John has been an champion for first aid skills
since he was a 10 years old. He first joined our Cadet programme in
Belfast, where he learnt his first aid skills. He later trained as
a nurse and then became a teacher. All along the way, John has
continued to volunteer with us at public events to ensure no one
suffers for a lack of first aid.
He was presented his award by editor and
broadcaster Ian Hislop. John is one of 55 Silver Award winners to
be chosen from 20,000 exceptional teachers that were nominated. In
October he will attend the award finals, were 10 teachers will
receive the top Gold Award.
First aid in the classroom
If you are a teacher, like John, and would
like to bring first aid into your classroom we can help you. We
know how busy a school day is and that's why we offer a flexible,
bespoke programme called Student first
aid, for both primary and secondary students.
We can give your students a front row seat to
first aid on Friday, 20 June at 2pm. We’re hosting our first ever
Big First Aid Lesson –
it’s a free, one-hour, online first aid lesson streaming to 1,000
schools around the country.