Schools urged to sign up to lifesaving lesson

Children should be taught lifesaving skills at school, according to new research by first aid charity St John Ambulance.

The survey reveals that 93 per cent of north east teachers would like to equip their students with first aid skills but only 19 per cent of schools do so.

St John Ambulance says too many lives are lost each year through lack of first aiders and is urging schools to take part in its first Big First Aid Lesson – a 60-minute online class for seven to 16-year-olds streamed live into classrooms.

The free lesson takes place on Friday, June 20, at 2pm and requires only an internet connection, a screen and for schools to register at

St John Ambulance has developed a fun, interactive programme combining first aid learning with interviews and real life stories.

Simon Dunn, regional director north east, St John Ambulance, said: “At St John Ambulance, we believe that first aid should be as much a part of growing up as learning to cross the road.

“It’s so easy to learn, and can have such an incredible impact on people’s lives, but because it’s not compulsory on the national curriculum, only a minority of schoolchildren would know what to do if one of their classmates, or a member of their family became ill or injured.

“It only takes an hour to learn how to save a life, but it could be the most important lesson your students ever learn.

“We hope teachers take this opportunity and sign up for the Big First Aid Lesson.”