Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Hillcrest School and Community College (E 42)

1. Hillcrest is a secondary school and Community College in Netherton, Dudley in the West Midlands. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we felt that this life skill was extremely important to share with our pupils.

2. ELS skills are the set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. They include performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking, serious bleeding and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.

3. Hillcrest teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heartstart training scheme.

4. Hillcrest currently teaches ELS to approximately 180 year 8 pupils which are children aged 12 – 13 years old per year.

5. They are currently taught ELS for six-seven hours of teaching time per year as part of the Personal Social Citizenship Health Education syllabus.

6. Hillcrest believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because the skills gained might save a life one day. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. Most of our pupils enjoyed the topics covered and the practical aspects involved. Many felt they had learned a number of important skills and also felt confident to put into practise what had been taught.

8. All staff that received initial Heartstart training will be reassessed every three years by the onsite school nurse and training supervisor. As changes to resuscitation guidelines occur staff will be informed and asked to modify the sessions they are delivering.

March 2011