Teaching first aid
Teach first aid with confidence
Getting started with First aid champions
Whether you’ve taught first aid before or are completely new to it, First aid champions will help you confidently deliver first aid learning sessions at your school or youth group. Through easy-to-follow activities and a variety of engaging and impactful supporting materials, the resources are simple to teach and easy to learn. You don’t need any formal first aid training to deliver effective sessions.
How to use First aid champions
As you work through First aid champions, your learners will follow relatable characters and learn about first aid in realistic everyday situations. Young people will also learn about helping others, as well as how to stay safe and look after their wellbeing in first aid situations. Each module has accompanying films, photos, activities and quizzes to support your sessions. There is also a module with ideas for young people to remember what they have learned and then to share it with others.
Guidance and support
For more information on how to use First aid champions, download the teacher and educator guidance:
You can find full details of how activities are mapped to the secondary curriculums in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the following documents to help with teaching first aid in schools:
Curriculum links - England
Curriculum links - Wales
Curriculum links - Scotland
Curriculum links - Northern Ireland
You can use My groups to create groups and track your learners’ progress. My groups will track quiz results and children’s confidence to use first aid skills. When you create a group, a unique code will be generated for each child. You can then monitor their progress in the My groups dashboard.. You can also download a first aid certificate for young people taking part in First aid champions.
Creating a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment
This guidance and activity document will help you create a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. Use it when exploring the topics and concepts in this resource with young people.
Have a question? You’ll find the answer to the most commonly-asked questions about First aid champions here.
The learning objectives throughout First aid champions are linked to the curriculum of all UK nations, including the compulsory guidance for health education in England.
The activities in First aid champions will help young people to:
- Understand what first aid is
- Learn first aid skills and about basic treatment for common injuries
- Practise using first aid skills, including how to give chest compressions (CPR)
- Learn about defibrillators and when one might be needed
- Feel confident to help someone who needs first aid
- Learn about helping others
- Learn about the bystander effect
- Learn how to safely get help in an emergency, including calling 999
- Learn and practise looking after your wellbeing
- Learn and practise how to keep yourself and others safe
- Learn about the Red Cross
The toolkit is broken down into four modules:
Modules one to three - First aid skills, Helping others, and Safety and wellbeing. These are divided into “Learn” and “Practise” activities, so that young people learn new skills and feel empowered to use them.
Module four – Share and remember. This module suggests ways in which young people can remember what they have learned and then take it further by sharing it with others.
For more information on how First aid champions is structured, download the teacher and educator guidance: how to use the resource
No. The resources use simple language and supporting photos and films to show you and your learners how to act to help an ill or injured person.. If you choose to, you can give demonstrations to support your sessions. Ensure that you use a manikin for any actions that involve force, such as chest compressions.
No first aid kit is needed to deliver first aid sessions. This is because you may not always have access to a first aid kit in an emergency. There are many alternative ways you can give first aid using everyday items. The activities, photos and films in this resource include ideas for everyday items which could be used in a first aid emergency.
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