St Johns Ambulance National Schools’ First Aid Competition

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National Schools’ First Aid Competition

 The National Schools First Aid Competition is our annual event that brings together teams from primary and secondary schools across England and the Channel Islands, to compete against each other in a range of first aid scenarios for the chance to be crowned champions.

Teams have to work together to deal with each scenario, they are judged for their communication skills, ability to work calmly under pressure and giving the correct treatment.

Actors help to give the scenarios a sense of realism, by playing them out after being made up by casualty make-up artists to simulate real-life injuries and ailments.

Each team is made up of four members, who work together to use their first aid skills and knowledge to deal with the first aid scenarios, while a fifth, reserve member, is also judged individually on a separate task.

Earlier this year saw the first round of competitions take place, winners from each region will compete in the national finals on 25 June.

Wendy Human, Director of Charitable Initiatives and Training at SJA said: ‘First aid should be as important a part of growing up as learning the alphabet, yet seven out of ten pupils say they wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was hurt.

‘This competition and our schools resource is a great way for us to empower young people with life-saving skills as well as improve self-esteem, and enhance other life skills. We hope that more schools will be encouraged to teach first aid and take part in the competition next year so their students can be the difference in an emergency.’

Where will the event take place?

The National Competition will take place at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, and once the competition has taken place, the contestants can enjoy the theme park for the rest of the day.

Why are we doing this?

The National competition is part of our goal to equip an entire generation with the confidence and ability to be the difference between life and death. Incredibly, first aid is not on the National Curriculum in England. Most young people grow up without even the most basic knowledge of how to save a life.

Learning first aid not only provides young people with important life-saving skills, it also helps to build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility, as well as teaching teamwork and communication skills.

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