Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Severnbanks School, Lydney, Gloucestershire (E 62)

1. Severnbanks is a primary school in Lydney in Gloucestershire. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because it gives the pupils knowledge and a practical skill that they can use throughout their lives. The school is situated in an area of high deprivation and as such is an area where poor outcomes and social exclusion are prevalent. Academic achievement is not as high as other schools in the area; however, the value that is added to the pupils that attend this school is high. Often pupils who do not achieve academically perform much better in a practical/hands on approach. ELS training has benefited the pupils in many ways; for example, increased their confidence, given pupils an opportunity to shine in a subject when they may not in others

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

4. Severnbanks School has recently joined the Heartstart scheme offered by the BHF. We currently teach ELS to all year 6 pupils and hope to teach all ages on an aged staged basis throughout the school. The school has 192 children on role at present

5. Year 6 pupils are taught ELS for 16 hours per year as part of enrichment. Year 6 have already completed a course of ELS and will have a refresher course during term 6, 2011.

6. Severnbanks School believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because by gaining this knowledge and skill, the children can safe lives. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. The children who have benefited form ELS training so far have enjoyed learning a new skill and have been able to build and consolidate previous knowledge gained from science lessons. All the children participated and enjoyed learning a practical skill that they could readily relate to their daily lives. The children have said that they enjoyed the training and have found it very helpful.

8. I have recently spoken to all the year 6 pupils to find out if they have needed to use the skills they have learned on the 6 week course. One pupil was able to treat an aunt who was choking on a crisp. Two pupils have encountered relatives with serious bleeding and they were able to give emergency life support.

9. The training was practical based which the children enjoyed. As a trainer I really enjoyed empowering the children to gain a new skill. Some of the children spoke of situations that they had encountered previously and how they felt that this training would have been useful if they had had it sooner. The BHF inform me of any changes and updates to the training.

March 2011