Lincs: St John Ambulance urging schools across the county to sign up for the Big First Aid Lesson

St John Ambulance is urging more schools across Lincolnshire to sign up to its Big First Aid Lesson .

By The Newsroom
Friday, 8th May 2015, 9:00 am
St John Ambulance is urging schools across Lincolnshire to be part of its Big First Aid Lesson on 12th June
St John Ambulance is urging schools across Lincolnshire to be part of its Big First Aid Lesson on 12th June

So far, 25 schools in the county will be tuning into the biggest ever first aid lesson on Friday, 12th June to give their pupils the chance to learn vital skills that could save lives.

But St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity is calling on more schools to join the event, which will be hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman.

So far, the lesson will be educating over 85,000 pupils up and down the country, already exceeding St John Ambulance’s original target of 50,000.

The lesson is a free, one hour, online first aid training session filmed live and streamed directly into classrooms across Lincolnshire.

It combines first aid training and 999 scenarios with real life stories, as well as plenty of opportunities for students to join the conversation via Google Hangouts.

The Big First Aid Lesson will teach students how to respond to emergencies, such as asthma attacks and head injuries, so they have the skills and confidence to be the difference between life and death.

The only equipment schools need to take part is an internet connection and a screen (such as an interactive whiteboard) for their pupils to watch on.

Claudia Winkleman, herself a mother of three said: ‘The Big First Aid Lesson is a fantastic and engaging way of teaching students the skills they may need to help keep a classmate or a family member safe in an emergency while they’re out on the playground or during the holidays.”

“All schools should make teaching young people basic first aid a top priority.”

Last year, more than 32,000 young people tuned into the first Big First Aid Lesson and schools that register for this year’s event are being encouraged to watch last year’s session to get to grips with skills such as how to perform a primary survey, the first step anyone should take in a first aid emergency and how put injured people into the recovery position.

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