Teachers and students are being urged take part in an online first aid lesson to increase the number of lifesavers in schools across East of England.

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Only 21pc of schools offer first aid training and St John Ambulance officials are urging 125 schools in the region to sign up to the first ever Big First Aid Lesson on June 20. The free, one-hour, online first aid session will be streamed live and direct into classrooms across the country to help raise first aid skills.

The programme has been designed for students aged between seven and 16-years-old and the only equipment schools will need is an internet connection and a screen for their pupils to watch.

Paul Knighton, regional training and community projects manager for the charity, said: ‘At St John Ambulance, we believe that first aid should be as much a part of growing up as learning to cross the road.”

“It’s so easy to learn, and can have such an incredible impact on people’s lives, but because it’s not compulsory on the national curriculum, only a minority of schoolchildren would know what to do if one of their classmates, or a member of their family, became ill or injured.”

To sign up, visit www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson

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