First aid teaching resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A free online resource is helping young people to learn essential first aid skills.

Created by the British Red Cross, the resource includes activities, short films, picture diagrams, lesson plans and quizzes. Each first aid skill demonstrated focuses on one key action – making it simple to teach.

The resource is divided into primary and secondary level, with materials to suit the different age groups.

It comes after first aid was made a part of statutory relationships, sex and health education in England. By the end of primary education, pupils should now know how to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services if necessary and the concepts of basic first-aid, for example dealing with common injuries, including head injuries.

By the end of secondary school, students should know basic treatment for common injuries, life-saving skills, including how to administer CPR, and the purpose of defibrillators and when one might be needed.

The resource aligns to the new RSHE curriculum guidance and, as well as first aid, it also explores topics such as kindness, safety and wellbeing, and giving young people the confidence to help others.

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