Curriculum 2019

Government proposes to add first aid to the curriculum

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. 

Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross said:

 “Future generations will now have the simple yet vital first aid skills, which could mean the difference between life and death in a first aid emergency.

“This decision is a significant step forward in empowering our nation with the knowledge and confidence they need to understand their own health, and to build strong communities who know how to help in a crisis.”

The draft guidance should become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020 but materials will be available from September 2019. We have been working on influencing this change for a considerable amount of time and we hope the plans are taken forward and we see first aid on the curriculum.