The Government have confirmed the introduction of mandatory basic first aid training in all state-funded secondary schools in England in 2020. The training is being introduced as part of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
Department for Education guidance says that 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 needed
Learning first aid skills such as CPR, will give young people the confidence to know that they can help someone and potentially save a life. The aim is that all pupils in England will have been taught the basic first aid skills by the time they leave secondary school.
In countries that already teach CPR in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of the UK.
FAA have developed the FAA Level 2 Award in Student First Aid (RQF) to meet this requirement. The qualification is available to learners from the age of 11 covering CPR and the safe use of an AED, choking and common injuries such as head injuries, bleeding control, broken bones and sprains/strains.
Detailed information can be found in the Qualification Specification including the qualification structure and codes, entry requirements, qualification delivery, certification and requalification, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria and assessment information.