VIDEO: Pupils take part in an interactive first aid lesson by St John’s Ambulance

Students from Year 7 and 8 at Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough put their textbooks aside to take part in The Big First Aid Lesson, a session on First Aid streamed live by St John’s Ambulance direct into classrooms across the country.

The interactive programme combines first aid training and 999 scenarios with amazing real life stories, as well as plenty of opportunities for students to join the conversation.

Year 8 pupils, Harry Anderson and Josh Tebbutt practice their first aid skills at the Queen Elizabeth High School on Friday.

Year 8 pupils, Harry Anderson and Josh Tebbutt practice their first aid skills at the Queen Elizabeth High School on Friday.

This year’s event was hosted by Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Claudia Winkleman.

Launched in 2014, the event was a big success, with 32,384 students taking part and learning lifesaving first aid skills.

St John’s Ambulance reported that only a minority of schoolchildren would know what to do if one of their classmates, or a member of their family was injured. In fact, across the country, nearly 60 per cent of children have no first aid training whatsoever.

Mrs Williamson, PSHE Co-ordinator, said: “At QEHS, we really value the importance of learning life-long skills such as First Aid. All students are taught First Aid skills during PSHE lessons and a large number of our sixth form pupils have achieved First Aid qualifications and teach our younger pupils about CPR and the recovery position.”