Education Bill

Memorandum submitted by the Holy Family Catholic High School (E 83)

1. Holy Family is a secondary school in Thornton in Merseyside. We decided to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) Skills in our school because we feel that this is a really worthwhile skill that enables the children to recognise a situation that requires medical help.

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. Holy Family teaches ELS as part of the British Heart Foundation Heartstart training scheme.

4. Holy Family currently teaches ELS to at least 100 children aged 11 to 18 per year.

5. They are taught ELS for approximately 50 hours per year as part of our school PSHE Programme and After School Sessions.

6. Holy family believes that ELS should be made a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in England because it is a great skill for the children to take forward with them into their adult life and takes away the fear of dealing with emergency situations. We would like to encourage the Committee to amend the Education Bill to make this possible.

7. Our pupils have received the training in school either as part of our PSHE sessions, a lunch time training session or an after school activity. The pupils always find this topic interesting and we usually have to limit our class sizes for the interest shown. The children are really proud to receive their certificate at the end, a great sense of achievement.

8. As far as I am aware no pupil at this school has had the need to use the skills they have gained. However, one of our boys is the first aider for a local football team. Some of our pupils have also done presentations for staff, which show the skills they have learnt.

9. Our training is carried out by Teaching Assistants at our school and this has worked well as the teachers have not had to be taken away from their lesson time. The staff have received refresher training. They will also watch the DVD and brush up on their own skills in preparation of a Heartstart programme beginning.

March 2011