During 2018 and 2019, the Government held consultations on the best approach to changes in a number of areas of PSHE education, including health and mental wellbeing.
The long campaigned for change in making it compulsory for basic First Aid knowledge to be taught has finally made it into the National Curriculum as of 2020. The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have amended the Education Act (1996 & 2002) to bring these changes into law.
What must children learn about first aid?
The guidance issued by the Government has said that by the time a child leaves primary school education they should be able to:
- how to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services if necessary.
- understand the concepts of basic first-aid, for example dealing with common injuries, including head injuries.
The guidance also says that by the time a child leaves secondary school education they 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.
Does Super Medics cover the required content?
The Super Medics course has been developed to cover substantially more than the legally obliged minimum. The course is flexible enough that we can deliver a short session focussed on the minimum requirements, but to give children the real confidence to use their skills we recommend that children attend our 3 hour Super Medics First Aid sessions, as these give them hands on practice and familiarise them with everything they may need to help someone and potentially save a life.
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