Leeds pupils to join thousands in Big First Aid Lesson

Pupils at Southroyd Primary School, in Pudsey, are trained in first aid by David Edmondson from St John Ambulance. Picture by James Hardisty.
Pupils at Southroyd Primary School, in Pudsey, are trained in first aid by David Edmondson from St John Ambulance. Picture by James Hardisty.
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An online first aid class hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman will be streamed live into thousands of classrooms nationwide this summer, including in Leeds.

Southroyd Primary School, in Pudsey, is backing the Big First Aid Lesson initiative, which has been created by the St John Ambulance charity, while urging other primary and secondary schools to get involved on Friday June 12 from 2pm.

More than 50,000 students, aged seven to 16, are expected to be given the free one-hour first aid masterclass during the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

Southroyd Primary, which has hosted St John Ambulance first aid classes for nine and 10-year-olds in recent weeks, has vouched for the classes’ far-reaching benefits and plans to host more for other year groups in the coming months.

Dave Manton, Southroyd’s deputy headteacher, said: “To help us design our curriculum, we consulted the children about what they thought was important for their wider learning and they came up with first aid, which was fantastic.

“We believe it’s really important to empower the students so they don’t feel helpless if some dreadful situation were to happen.”

The second annual Big First Aid Lesson will include basic training for medical emergencies that might occur in the summer holidays, such as asthma attacks or head injuries. To show it only an internet connection and a screen are needed. Last year the lesson was shown to 32,000 pupils.

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said: “We’re asking teachers to commit just one hour of their timetable to our event so every student can learn how to save a life – it could be the most important lesson they ever learn.”

Visit www.sja.org.uk for further information.

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