First Aid to be taught in schools from 2020.
The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has stated that in the new 2020 National Curriculum it is intended that First Aid including life-saving CPR will become a compulsory component for schools.
All children should leave schools with the skills to save lives in an emergency, and as a part of these plans the intention is that all schools will teach CPR and other elements of First Aid from 2020. Here at Binary Plus Training all of our trainers have enhanced DBS checks in place and we have some specialist trainers who are also qualified school teachers as well as carefully designed courses to allow schools to get a head start on these new requirements.
Survival rates for Cardiac Arrests outside of the hospital environment in the UK are very low. The chances of survival are less than 1 in 10. This is mainly due to the lack of bystander engagement in the UK. If we equip children with these skills whilst they are at school, then hopefully this terrifying statistic can change.
Although this scheme should not be compulsory until 2020, the government has stated that it will support schools who wish to implement the scheme earlier due to research showing that in countries where CPR is taught in schools, the survival rate of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest almost doubles.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Learning the basic skills of first aid and techniques like CPR will give young people the confidence to know that they can step in to help someone else in need and in the most extreme cases - it could potentially save a life."