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F10: First Aid in Schools

This motion creates new policy. 

F10 First Aid in Schools

(Passed with no amendments)

Conference notes that:

i) Nearly 60% of adults do not feel confident enough to try to save a life, according to ICM Research.

ii) Nearly 9 out of 10 11-16 year olds have been confronted with a medical emergency, according to the British Red Cross.

iii) In Norway and Seattle, where emergency life-saving skills are taught as part of the school curriculum, those who suffer a cardiac arrest away from a hospital have a 52% chance of survival, compared to 18% in the UK.

Conference believes that:

a) First aid and life-saving skills are valuable both to individuals and to society.

b) First aid and life-saving skills training should provide all pupils with the opportunity of hands on and kinaesthetic learning, in additional to theoretical knowledge.

c) First aid and life-saving skills training can help to increase pupil engagement and attainment across the curriculum.

d) The addition of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to schools could be of benefit in case of cardiac arrest and that Local Authorities should work with schools to support them in providing AEDs if they deem it beneficial.

Conference calls for:

1. The Department for Education to include first aid and emergency life-saving skills in the national curriculum in primary and secondary schools through PSHE provision.

2. The Government to support schools in selecting first aid and emergency life-saving skills training providers and teaching resources according to their own curriculum.

Applicability: England only.

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