Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Brownlow School (E 57)

1. Brownlow School is a primary school in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we felt it was important that children are introduced to such important skills at an early age.

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 who may be having a heart attack.

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

4. Brownlow School currently teaches ELS to approximately 60 children aged 10 and 11 per year.

5. They are taught ELS for one hour a week over six weeks three times a year as a lunchtime club.

6. Brownlow School believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because it is a skill that every person should know and we would like to ensure that every child leaves school knowing how to help save a life. Adding it to the curriculum emphasises its importance. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. Our pupils have responded very well to the training, find it very interesting and memorable and particularly enjoy reacting to different scenarios.

8. Some children have also used their certificates to gain badges at their Girl Guides and Scouts groups.

9. Our training is delivered by a qualified first aider at work who is also a registered Heartstart trainer. Her skills are kept fresh by regular revalidation and updates of her first aid qualification. Also by training children it ensures that her skills are always fresh due to regular use.

March 2011