190,000 children learn skills to save a life in nation’s
biggest first aid lesson
Claudia Winkleman helps St John Ambulance build a generation of
Today, Friday 12 June 2015, over 190,000 young people in
England tuned in to watch a life saving lesson delivered by TV
presenter Claudia Winkleman as part of our national Big First Aid
The free one-hour webinar was streamed live into classrooms to
teach young people first aid skills such as how to help someone
who's having an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. We chose the
summer-related conditions to help equip pupils ahead of the
Last year's event - the first of its kind - reached over 36,000
pupils making this year's event 11 times more popular,
with over 2,700 schools uniting to watch the lesson.
'What they have taken away from the Big First Aid Lesson could
save a life'
Claudia Winkleman said: 'It’s brilliant that 190,000
children now have the confidence to help in an emergency. What they
have taken away from the Big First Aid Lesson could save a
classmate, friend, or family member's life. I’m proud to be a part
of events like these which give young people the opportunity to
learn some crucial life-saving skills.'
During the lesson, students heard a first-hand account from 12
year old Kaitlyn Perkins, who used her first aid skills to help her
brother when he severely cut his hand, as well as an interview with
8-year-old Sean Irwin who came to the aid of his mother after she
knocked herself out cold.
Classrooms also had opportunities to ask our first aid trainers
questions via Google Hangouts.
We created the Big First Aid Lesson to help teachers overcome
barriers such as lack of time (35%)*, staff training (33%) and cost
(21%), which teachers cited in research as preventing them from
introducing first aid in school timetables.
Despite this, 96% of them want young people to learn first aid
skills in schools, showing huge support for the subject. Our
research also found that a majority of parents (86%) think first
aid should be included in the national curriculum.
Teacher Laura Price, from the UCL Academy in London, who
participated in the Big First Aid Lesson, said: 'The Big First
Aid Lesson is a fantastic initiative and our students have really
enjoyed taking part. The skills taught today are so relevant for
the kids ahead of the summer holidays and the training scenarios
really brought things to life. I’d definitely recommend other
schools watch the lesson on YouTube if they missed it today, and we
will be signing up for next year as soon as we can!'
11-year-old Harry Tinker, who watched the webinar, said: 'It was
really good because if someone is in trouble you will know what to
do and could help save their life. I think other kids my age should
learn first aid, even if it’s just the basics it can make a big
difference when people need your help.'
Find out more about the Big First Aid
*St John Ambulance, 2014 You Gov survey of 1,157 primary and
secondary school teachers in England