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Staff and pupils from Saint Paul’s were invited to discuss live on air their successful programme to train every pupil in the school in first aid. The live interview, part of the health and wellbeing programme, was broadcast by Wythenshawe FM.

The school believes that the pupils need a good understanding of First Aid in case of an emergency. When someone is having a heart attack, has serious bleeding, choking, is unconscious or in cardiac arrest, knowing what to do to help keep them alive until professional help arrives can give their chances of survival a significant boost.

Mrs Angie Holland from Saint Paul’s explained: “These are extremely valuable and important skills, equipping our pupils with the knowledge which could be the difference between life and death. Every year, too many people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. We are aiming to equip our entire school with the confidence and ability to save a life.

“We wanted to train all our pupils and then roll out the training to the local community as the more people who are trained the better. We plan to have some of the older and younger pupils form a team where they do demonstrations at Parents’ Evenings, Open Evenings and other events and we want to visit the local primary school and teach the pupils there some basic First Aid.

“We found the programme of training to be very successful. Prior to the training, we gave our pupils questionnaires asking them to rate their knowledge of first aid and how confident they felt about using first aid. The pupils rated themselves very low with 2s and 3s about their ability to administer first aid and perhaps save someone’s life. After the training they rated themselves from 7 to 10 in their ability to do first Aid and their confidence in saving someone’s life.”

Year 7 pupil, Jacob Harrison, said: “I learned about CPR and about how to treat someone with a heavy bleed. I learnt that it’s important to stay calm and then to phone an ambulance. Mrs Holland did the CPR demonstration with Miss Keary (Year 7 Progress Leader) then everyone got the chance to have a go. My Mum’s a nurse and she’s always encouraged me to learn First Aid. We went last year to the Barton Air show and I tried CPR training there so when we did it at school it all came back to me.”

Maria Kimak from year 10 commented: “The training gives you a great deal of insight and knowledge. Without this background you may panic when faced with an emergency situation. The training means that you know the steps needed and you can keep yourself calm and save a life.

“I would like to be involved in spreading the knowledge to other schools. It is important for as many people as possible to know that if there is an emergency or someone hurts themselves then they can help and perhaps save a life.”

“It was an excellent opportunity for the pupils, the interviewer was very interested in their approach and what they had learned from the training,” said Executive Headteacher, Mr Tony Billings. “To have their voices heard across the community was very exciting for the pupils, they were able to spread the valuable message of the importance of first aid.”

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