Lifesaving lessons for schools from the British Red Cross

To support teachers in delivering first aid education, the British Red Cross are launching a new teaching website for learners aged 5-18. It’s aimed at educators across the UK, and you’re invited to trial the new resources at your school.

Why teach first aid?

British Red Cross research reveals that 86 per cent of children believe that learning how to save a life is one of the most important lessons to learn at school. Nine out of ten pupils said knowing first aid skills would make them feel more confident to help.*

Hanna’s story

Hannah and Michelle at home in bury after having lifesaving lessonsAfter attending a first aid club at her school, Hanna, 11, was able to put her first aid knowledge into practice when her mum Michelle collapsed at their home in Bury.

Hanna knew she needed to act quickly to help her mum but didn’t panic when she called for an ambulance.

Hanna’s mum, Michelle, said:

“Hanna was amazing. She knew what to do because she had practiced calling 999 at school.

“I think everybody should learn first aid because nobody knows when a situation like this could happen. I am extremely grateful to the school for teaching first aid.”

British Red Cross teaching resources

For more than 100 years, the Red Cross and Red Crescent has been a global leader in establishing first aid training standards and in developing procedures and guidelines.

Children having lifesaving lessons with british red crossThe new British Red Cross education resource, available later in the year, is designed as a toolkit for teachers to pick and choose from to build bespoke lifesaving lessons and programmes of study for their classes.

Through practical activities, films and quizzes, children and young people will feel prepared for many of the first aid scenarios they may encounter in everyday life.

More than 500 schools have already signed up to receive the free British Red Cross first aid education resources to support teachers to start their first aid and lifesaving lessons this year.


Joe Mulligan, Head of First Aid Education at the British Red Cross said:

“The launch of first aid on the school curriculum in England celebrates a landmark commitment by the government to create a future generation of lifesavers. These aren’t just skills that young people will be able to use now, but they will be able take with them into adulthood. We need to build strong communities who know how to help in a crisis, and we are now a step closer to achieving this with the lifesaving lessons.”

Find out more and join the first aid teaching pilot to trial the new British Red Cross education resources at your school: