A drive to ensure every member of staff and pupil at eight North West Academies Trust (NWAT) schools is equipped with vital life-saving skills is under way.
Chester-based NWAT have committed to training teachers, support workers and children to administer first aid and CPR over the coming months.
Already a select group of teachers from each of the eight schools have completed a course which has not only made them potential life-savers, but also qualified them to pass on the knowledge.
Now those teachers will train fellow members of staff; and first aid and CPR education will soon become part of the curriculum for pupils.
Richard Clark, Head of School at Grosvenor Park Academy which is an NWAT school in Chester, said: “This will make our schools even safer places.
“The training will give all staff the confidence and knowledge they need in an emergency, and, by bringing first aid training in-house, it will save a great deal of money as we can mentor other staff and also pass the knowledge on to children.”
The Trust’s schools also include Mid Cheshire schools Delamere CofE Academy, Weaverham Primary Academy, Oak View Academy and Rudheath Senior Academy.
There is also Ellesmere Primary School in Shropshire, and Chester-based St Martin’s Academy and Acresfield Primary School.
The first aid training has been provided by Winsford-based Ultimate First Aid Training.
CEO Wes Pauline said: “Less than one in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK, but evidence suggests nearly one in four could survive if all people are trained.
“Simple yet vital first aid skills can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.”
NWAT is one of the country’s leading education trusts. CEO Steve Docking said: “It is very important to us that children are safe and well looked after at our schools and this first aid training programme is a vital part of this.”
Photo: Teachers from North West Academies Trust schools – Oak View Academy, Delamere CofE Academy, Weaverham Primary Academy, Rudheath Senior Academy; Ellesmere Primary School, Grosvenor Park Academy, St Martin’s Academy and Acresfield Primary School – were joined by teachers from Over Hall Community School for a First Aid ‘train the trainer’ course.