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Compulsary First Aid - Waste of time?

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Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 18:59:26

Surely our kids are under enough pressure without adding yet another subject to the curriculum?

everychildalifesaver.org.uk/

AgeingArtemis Sun 18-Oct-15 19:21:56

I disagree. It's a skill that hopefully will never have to be used, but could save a life.

Whether kids are "under pressure" is relative, and besides, this would literally take a couple of hours to learn. It could (and in some schools, already is) be taught as part of the PSHE curriculum.

rainbowunicorn Sun 18-Oct-15 20:24:22

How on earth can a life skill with the potential to save a life be a waste of time OP. What a bizarre way to think.

Sirzy Sun 18-Oct-15 20:27:33

I fail to see how eqipping people with the skills to save a life is a waste of time.

I presume if you collapsed you would rather like someone nearby to know what to do to help?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:17:04

I think first aid is useful but not sure about teaching it in school - surely it would be better to put it in the driving test

Sirzy Sun 18-Oct-15 22:18:23

Not everyone learns to drive though. Everyone goes to school.

INeedNewShoes Sun 18-Oct-15 22:18:28

There's a video on the BBC News website that I happen to have watched this evening where some school boys are being interviewed after saving their friend's life by administering CPR.

honeysucklejasmine Sun 18-Oct-15 22:21:02

When he watched his friend collapse and die, my brother says he wished he knew what to do.

It was SADS and there was nothing to be done, but he says even trying would have made it easier to cope with.

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:47

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:47

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:47

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:47

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:47

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:48

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:56

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:56

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Patentzebra Sun 18-Oct-15 22:29:56

oh thats so sad - a lot of youth groups teach it though dont they?

Sirzy Sun 18-Oct-15 22:31:02

But again not everyone goes to a youth group.

I really don't see how anyone can be against making sure all young people are equipped with skills to save someone's life. To me that's one of the most important things someone can learn.

AlmaFreckle Sun 18-Oct-15 22:34:35

I saved a little boy from drowning when I was 14 years old. He was blue in the face and didn't breathe when I pulled him out. He only survived because I had been trained in first aid (scouts) and knew what to do.

honeysucklejasmine Mon 19-Oct-15 03:47:16

Yes, I learned my first aid at Guides, but my brother didn't go to scouts. We actually did do basic first aid at school, once, in year 9. For about 15 minutes. I remember, because they were teaching an older version of the recovery position which did not fill me with confidence about the rest of it.

I can't see how a couple of sessions of first aid a year, during existing PSHE lessons, could be anything other than a good thing.

winterland Mon 19-Oct-15 04:12:00

How could it ever be a bad thing. Imagine it was your child etc that needed saved? In Norway they teach as part if the curriculum and their survival rate of cardiac arrest is far higher than ours.

Chippednailvarnish Mon 19-Oct-15 04:43:41

We did compulsory first aid every two years from 14 to 18 years old at school. I have no idea how anyone could disagree with it.

Witchend Mon 19-Oct-15 12:20:32

We did it at school. It's not a new thing to do it.

But definitely it would be better if more people knew how to do basic first aid. I'm not that experienced in it, but I'm always being amazed how little basic stuff people actually know.

cressetmama Mon 19-Oct-15 15:57:36

Was going to mention Norway, but see a PP has beaten me to it. I agree that it should be taught from Y7 and refreshed or added to each year until DC leave school.

Sirzy Mon 19-Oct-15 16:02:59

I think it should also be done in primary school.

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