Live broadcast of The Big First Aid Lesson at Blanchelande College

June 13th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer with Ms Karen Higgs Blanchelande College class at the end of the Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer, with Ms Karen Higgs year 7 Blanchelande College class at the end of The Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

Claudia Winkleman spoke to children in Karen Higgs’ year seven class at Blanchelande College during a live Big First Aid Lesson broadcast on 12 June 2015.

The forty-five minute broadcast, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, covered what to do when someone is suspected of having a head injury, how to treat someone with a soft tissue injury such as a ligament sprain or muscle or tendon strain, what to do when someone suffers a severe allergic reaction, and how to deal with someone undergoing an asthma attack.

Each health issue was illustrated by actors outdoors and then discussed in a studio with an audience.

All the students were given a quiz to complete based on what they had learned during the live broadcast.

St John Ambulence (UK) runs the national school’s broadcast event for children aged 7 to 16.

St John Training Services highlights this event to Guernsey schools because it mirrors the work that dedicated school first aid trainers Katie Sweeney and Suzanne Torode do on an on-going basis with financial support from Specsavers. They teach first aid to children in school years three, four and five.

Katie and Suzanne taught first aid to 2,000 students in 2014 and the programme has taught over 12,000 Guernsey students since its inception in 2008.

Katie Sweeney said “the benefits go beyond teaching just the children as the children go home to talk about first aid with their families.”

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