Notts: St John Ambulance launches new first aid training scheme for schools

School pupils will learn first aid under the new scheme being launched by the St John Ambulance
School pupils will learn first aid under the new scheme being launched by the St John Ambulance

Schools across Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to help equip an entire generation of life saving first aiders following the introduction of an innovative new student first aid programme run by the St John Ambulance.

This new scheme has been launched in a bid to teach even more young people vital life saving skills which could be the difference between life and death.

Research by the charity shows that seven out of 10 students wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was injured.

First aid is not on the National Curriculum in England and most young people grow up without even the most basic knowledge of how to save a life.

However the majority of students say they would like to learn first aid.

The new programme offers school staff the flexibility to choose the training option that’s right for their students and fit it around the demands of a busy school day.

Suitable for young people aged seven and over, it offers a range of courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to first aid for students, as well as a ‘build your own course’ option allowing schools to select individual modules to meet students’ specific needs.

The courses cover first aid basics including choking, bleeding and CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), while customised options can also include asthma, allergic reactions, seizures, low blood sugar, head injuries and severe bleeding.

Helen Lee, regional schools and community training co-ordinator at St John Ambulance, said: “As the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that every young person should have the chance to learn vital life-saving skills.”

“Our dedicated team of schools trainers can deliver dynamic, practical, fun and interactive first aid training to provide students with the knowledge and confidence to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

For more information, or to book first aid training at your school, visit, call 01246 200272 or email