Should children be taught CPR in Schools?

September 13, 2021

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a skill for life. Educating and empowering young people to help in an emergency is an important achievement. CPA can be used in many different emergencies; such as cardiac arrest, heart attacks, suffocation, and many more. 

CPR is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions, designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until reliable treatment can stimulate the heart to start working again.

The basic steps for performing CPR can be used for adults, children and infants. They are based on guidelines that are easy to follow and remember. 

The basic steps are: 

D – Dangers?

R – Response? 

S – Send for help 

A – Open airway 

B – Normal breathing 

C – Start CPR 

D – Attach defibrillator (AED)

In the UK, every year, more than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of the hospital, and fewer than one in 10 people survive. Evidence shows that survival rates from cardiac arrest are up to three times higher in countries that teach CPR in schools. 

The idea of teaching school children CPR and basic first aid skills in school is not a new concept. Evidence shows that survival rates from cardiac arrest are up to three times higher in countries that teach CPR in schools. For example, we could match the survival rates of Norway where CPR is taught in secondary schools, then it would be possible to save around 5,000 lives per year in the UK. 

Can teachers teach CPR and First Aid?

Teachers who have completed CPR training themselves can teach pupils. However, a study carried out showed that one of the main drawbacks to implementing CPR training in secondary schools is that teachers didn’t feel confident enough in their CPR skills to teach this subject to their pupils. Here you read about ‘what to expect from a first aid trainer’ at ABC training services!

Implementing CPR and First Aid training into your school curriculum

One way of introducing CPR and basic first aid to schools is to have teachers trained in these subjects and in how to deliver this training effectively to their pupils. If you are looking for a CPR course take a look at what we offer

What equipment does a school need to teach CPR and basic first aid?

Resuscitation manikins ideally, there should be one manikin used between no more than two pupils. Bandages and dressings for bleeding and bone injuries.

A first aid session can be completed in anything from 6 hours to a whole day depending on what’s included.

 Suggested topics to cover in first aid lessons include:

  • The importance of preventing cross-infection
  • The need for recording incidents and accidents
  • Usees of available equipment
  • Assess the situation and circumstances to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  •  Provide basic instruction in the use of an AED
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  •  Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  •  Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries


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