First aid lessons begin in 1,600 schools ahead of 2020 roll-out

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the new health curriculum would give every child “the chance to learn life-saving skills”. The BBC reports.

The British Red Cross said up to 59% of deaths by injury could be prevented in the UK if first aid was given prior to the arrival of medical services.

Primary school children will be taught basic skills such as how to call emergency services, while secondary school children will learn life-saving skills such as how to help someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

The decision to make first aid classes compulsory comes after Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 found members of the public tried to help the injured and dying but lacked the requisite skills.

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