Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Rosley C of E School (E 67)

1. Rosley C of E School is a primary school in Rosley in Cumbria. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we felt it was vital that children learned the basics of how to save a life. This has helped our children take responsibility for themselves and others, and has encouraged them to have a greater awareness of risks and dangers in their surroundings. In addition, it has supported learning in science about ‘our bodies’.

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. Rosley C of E School teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heartstart training scheme.

4. Rosley C of E School currently teaches ELS to 60 children aged 5 - 11 per year.

5. They are taught ELS for 6 hours per year as part of our PSHE Lessons and our ‘Heartstart Day’.

6. Rosley C of E School believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because it encourages children to take responsibility for their own and other’s lives, and lays the foundation for developing a population who is able to save lives. It also provides insight into how the body works and how precious lives are. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. The children at our school thoroughly enjoy the ELS training and often end up teaching it to their parents! It has been very well received by children and parents for as long as we have been delivering ELS.

8. Our children discuss and remember their training from year to year as their level of training progresses. They apply what they have learnt during Heartstart to Science, PSHE and PE. Each year, having received the training, children are able to demonstrate a good understanding of how to save or at least prolong life until help arrives.

9. I deliver currently Heartstart training in my school and attend refresher training every two years to stay abreast of current procedures. Our headteacher joined us two years ago and, along with two other teachers in our school intend to become trained to deliver Heartstart, providing it is still available!

March 2011