New year? New plans! By 2020 it will be compulsory that basic first aid and CPR will be taught in schools. But if schools would like to start earlier they will be supported.
Plans to teach CPR and basic first aid has been greeted by The British Heart Foundation. The charity says that the move is “decisive moment in the battle to improve cardiac arrest survival rates”.
Each year there are more than 30,000 out-of hospital cardiac arrests and less than 10% of these survive.
Now the government states as from 2020 learning these skills will be mandatory for every pupil.
By the time a child leaves secondary school in England they will have been taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.
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.
“That’s why we took the decision to include health education alongside relationship education for primary school children and relationship and sex education for secondary children.
“These subjects are a crucial part of our work to ensure children learn the wider skills they need to flourish in the modern world.”
By introducing basic first aid and CPR in secondary schools, this will be a huge step that will increase the survival rates for many people who have a cardiac arrest in the future.
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