In July 2018 the Government announced plans to add first aid to the curriculum in England. The announcement marks a turning point in first aid education and will empower hundreds of thousands of young people with the fundamental skills to save a life.
The planned changes were announced as part of new guidance and regulations on ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’. The Government is now analysing the feedback they have received from the public consultation which closed in November.
Under the draft guidelines primary school children will learn how deal with common injuries, including head injuries and know how to make a clear and efficient call to the emergency services.
Secondary school students will also learn how to help with common injuries as well as life-saving skills, including how to help someone who is unresponsive and not breathing (CPR) and the purpose of defibrillators.