Communications News: St John Ambulance conducts survey on first aid in schools

St John Ambulance has commissioned an online survey to find out the views of teachers and pupils on first-aid education in schools.

More than 335 schools have already taken part and the charity hopes that the incentive of winning free first-aid courses will encourage hundreds more to follow suit.

The survey is split into two parts, one for students and one for teachers, and details of how to take part are included in the latest issue of the DfES online news letter Spectrum, which goes out to every school in the country.

St John Ambulance estimates that only 17 per cent of schools teach first aid, but 89 per cent think it should be on offer.

Most of those who have taken part in the survey are teachers, but the charity hopes more children will do the same. It is thought that less than 5 per cent of children successfully learn first aid at present.

John Day, national schools liaison officer at St John Ambulance, said: "We are investing in this research so we can ensure we are meeting the needs of schools up and down the country."

The survey can be found at www.maven-web.net/stj until 30 November.

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