School Pupils To Get First Aid Training Under Heartstart Scheme

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

Children at the Five Islands School will be trained in emergency life saving procedures under a new scheme.

Heartstart is a programme backed by the British Heart Foundation, which aims to teach youngsters and school staff the basics of resuscitation.

Deputy head Liz Duffy-Griffiths says the school currently facilitates basic first aid training for secondary students at Key Stage 3. That’s provided by Beryl Read in the local St John Ambulance group.

But she says the Heartstart programme is nationally recognised and will enable them to expand the first aid skills provided to pupils.

Liz says they’re aiming to get students from Year 3 to Year 11 trained as part of the school curriculum.

Tracey Fuller of Devon and Cornwall Police has already carried out staff training with more expected during this academic year.

Training for students is expected to start in the new academic year.

The Council is also hoping to extend the Heartstart programme more widely into the community.

At the recent Health and Wellbeing meeting, Aisling Hick said they’d met with residents, sports hall staff and the local police team to discuss it.

They’re also applying for a British Heart Foundation automatic emergency defibrillator for St Mary’s.

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