Schools urged to join big live saving lesson

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NEW research reveals children across Wearside should be taught life-saving skills at school.

A survey by first aid charity, St John Ambulance, revealed that 93 per cent of North-East teachers would like to equip their students with first aid skills, but only a fifth of schools do so. Nearly half of teachers cite lack of time and a third state cost and staff training as barriers to the lessons.

The survey also showed that 63 per cent of teachers believe it would take first aid training to be a national curriculum requirement in order for more schools to take it seriously.

Now, St John Ambulance, is urging schools to take part in The Big First Aid Lesson, which is a 60-minute online class for seven to 16-year-olds streamed live into classrooms.

The free lesson takes place on Friday, June 20, at 2pm and requires only an internet connection, a screen and for schools to register.

Simon Dunn, regional director of St John Ambulance, said: “We believe that first aid should be as much a part of growing up as learning to cross the road.

“It only takes an hour to learn how to save a life, but it could be the most important lesson students ever learn. We hope teachers take this opportunity and sign up.”

For more information and to register for The Big First Aid Lesson, visit