Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Walkden High School (E 60)

1. Walkden High School is a secondary school in Salford in Greater Manchester. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because being the member of staff responsible for First Aid I personally see great valve in all pupils having these skills.

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. Walkden High School teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heartstart training scheme.

4. Walkden High School currently teaches ELS to 227 children aged 15 to 16 per year. Up until this academic year the course has been taught over a number of years to Year 9 pupils.

5. They are taught ELS for one hour per week per year as part of the schools Citizenship curriculum.

6. Walkden High School believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because we believe this is probably one of, if not ,thee most important set of skills a pupil can possess. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. Pupils find this type of practical learning an exciting and refreshing change from the normal day to day lessons. In the main they can see and understand the benefit of ELS and how it can and could benefit them and their families.

8. At present there is a pupil in Year 10 who having undergone ELS training at his junior school managed to successfully help to save his mothers life. Personally I feel this in itself justifies the compulsory inclusion of ELS in schools.

9. At Walkden High School I am the only member of staff to deliver ELS. I feel it is a vital skill for pupils to learn and a topic I thoroughly enjoy teaching. In order to keep my skills fresh and up to date I have attended numerous seminars which have also been helpful by the sharing of best practice.

March 2011