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National lesson on how to save lives

Teacher Ben Wolfson teaching first aid to year 6 pupils at Gildersome Primary School taking part in a national Big First Aid Lesson.

Teacher Ben Wolfson teaching first aid to year 6 pupils at Gildersome Primary School taking part in a national Big First Aid Lesson.

Pupils in Leeds logged on with school students from across the country for a very special lesson in lifesaving.

A one-hour ‘webinar’ was streamed live and directly into classrooms across the country as part of St John Ambulance’s national Big First Aid lesson.

Thousands of youngsters were told how to put someone into the recovery position and how to treat severe bleeding.

Gildersome Primary School was one of the Leeds schools taking part. Teacher Ben Wolfson said: “The children got a lot from it. There was lots of interesting information.

“I think they particularly enjoyed getting to do practicals in the main hall afterwards. It was a fantatic way to teach the kids about first aid.”

The free lesson comes after a survey revealed nearly 96 per cent of Yorkshire teachers would like to equip their students with first aid skills.

Nearly two-thirds believed it would have to be on the national curriculum for more schools to take it seriously.

Students also heard from a 16-year-old boy who used lifesaving skills to help his sister when she suffered a seizure.

David Nicklen, St John Ambulance regional training manager, said: “Through the Big First Aid Lesson we’ve hopefully demonstrated to teachers and schools that first aid can be quick and simple to learn.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid skills to 500 readers across the city.

To sign up, visit to our First Aid for All campaign visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

 

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