The First Aid Industry Body Fully Supports the Government In Its plans to Introduce First Aid in Schools.

On the 19th July 2018 the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that all schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, under the proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education.

The guidance which was last updated in 2000, will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020.

The (draft) Guidance Paper (Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education) includes aspects of Basic First Aid.

By the end of Primary School, Pupils should know:

  • how to make a clear and efficient call to Emergency Services
  • the concepts of basic First Aid, for example dealing with common injuries including head injuries.

For Secondary School, Pupils should know:

  • basic treatment for common injuries
  • life saving skills, including how to administer CPR
  • the purpose of defibrillators and when one might be used

The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) particularly welcome this announcement because Ian Kershaw MBE (ex-Head of First Aid with the Health & Safety Executive for 12 years) has been active in speaking to the Department for Education and Lobbying Members of Parliament for First Aid to be included in Schools for a number of years.

We have also been actively supporting other Groups and Organisations across the United Kingdom who teach and promote the basics of First Aid from the Early Years stage.

The consultation (in the form of an on-line survey) takes place from 19th July 2018-7 November 2018.

FAIB will provide our Registered Training Providers and Trainers/Assessors with further advice and guidance as and when we receive it as well as information about the on-line survey if required.