News release: Bedminster Down School backs lifesaving campaign

Every pupil at Bedminster Down School leaves with the skills to save a life – a skill that is now being sought for everyone through a Private Members’ Bill on Friday 20th November.

The Emergency First Aid Private Members’ Bill calls for first aid to be made compulsory for all secondary school pupils. The campaign behind it, ‘Every Child a Lifesaver, is backed by St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross.

Since 2012 every student in their final year at Bedminster Down School has been been taught Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to deal with bleeding and choking casualties. Some pupils have gone on to use their skills in real life incidents at home.

Bedminster Down Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“I believe that practical life skills as well as academic and vocational qualifications should be part of a rounded education. Our students show a lot of interest in the first aid courses, which includes assessing a casualty and how to pass the right information to the emergency services.

“If our children can save just one life imagine the impact if every secondary school adopted first aid teaching.”

The Private Members Bill needs the support of at least 100 MPs on its first reading on Friday 20th November.

Notes for Editors

1. Every year, over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospital – the vast majority (80%) of them in the home, yet currently, less than one in ten survive.

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