Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Alder Grange Community and Technology School and AG6 (E 66)

1. Alder Grange is a Community and Technology School and 6th form in Rawtenstall in Lancashire. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we believe that it is an essential personal skill for our pupils to develop. We already delivered a basic First Aid course, but with the superb training and resources from the Heart start programme this has ensured a quality programme and the opportunity for pupils to practice ELS. It has also enhanced staff training and confidence in dealing with and emergency situation.

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. Alder Grange teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heart start training scheme.

4. Alder Grange currently teaches ELS to the whole school approximately 650 children aged 11 - 16 per year. I am also planning to introduce the sessions and training to the new 6th form pupils from 2011.

5. They are taught ELS for about 3 hours per year as part of PSHCE lessons. They are taught it through the Doe programme. Year seven and year 11 receive the full course and year 8 - 10 refresher sessions every year.

6. Alder Grange believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because }. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. All pupils enjoy the training as they are able to put into practice with the mannequins the skills they have learnt about during the lessons. They enjoy the DVD which shows young people in different scenarios dealing with difficult situations. They are involved in their own assessment and they assess each others skills. The feedback from them is it is fun and they have gained confidence and new skills.

8. All pupils have benefited from the training from very able children to children with limited literacy skills etc. They are able to participate and having gone through the course receive a certificate which they can out in their record of achievement. The practical element is what they enjoy the most. Some senior pupils have been involved in helping delivering the training and pupils who have also completed the training with scouts etc. are very happy to share their expertise with other pupils. Pupils have told me when a lady fell badly they felt able to help her and called and ambulance as she required hospital treatment.

9. The teachers also enjoyed the training. A variety of members of staff were involved SSA, the welfare staff, the behaviour support team etc. It was great fun and again the practical element was an essential part of this so staff felt comfortable. They have gained knowledge and superb practical skills. The staff are updated yearly by our key trainer Ms. Annice.

March 2011