Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by Duchess’s Community High School (E 81)

1. Duchess’s is a High School in Alnwick in Northumberland.  We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we believe that students should have the basic skills necessary to cope with every situation that they are presented with, to foster the governments ‘Big Society’ and promote community cohesion

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. Duchess’s teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heartstart training scheme.

4. Duchess’s currently teaches ELS to 100 children aged 14 - 18 per year.

5. They are taught ELS for 5 periods per year as part of the Uniformed Services Course, PE and a sixth form option courses.

6. Duchess’s High School believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because this is a basic skill everyone should know.  We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. The training is a mixture of practical and theory and teaches the student’s basic strategies which could save life; all students enjoy the training and   most want to take this training further.

8. The students who have benefited from the training play sport take part in out door activities and go on into further education or work. The students feel more confident to deal with situations that they are presented with whether it be one of their friends or someone in the community.

9. Teachers benefit from the training in that they maintain their skills and keep up to date with basic life support procedures, making them more effective in and out of the classroom.

March 2011