Kerry McCarthy MP has praised Burnbush Primary School in a speech in Parliament for teaching its pupils resuscitation and other essential life saving skills. Last Friday Kerry visited Burnbush Primary in School in Stockwood to watch year 6 pupils demonstrate the life saving skills they had learned. Speaking in Parliament today, Kerry praised the pupils of Burnbush Primary school and urged Education Ministers to ensure that more primary schools teach vital life saving skills.
Burnbush Primary School started teaching pupils life saving skills after one of its pupils needed to be resuscitated last year. Pupils are now taught how to assess an unconscious patient, perform resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking or serious bleeding and helping someone that might be having a heart attack.
The British Red Cross donated 6 manikins to the school last year so that pupils could be taught basic life saving techniques as part of the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Heartstart’ Programme’ which is taking part in some schools in other parts of the country.
Most Primary Schools do not teach life saving skills. Speaking during Education Questions in Parliament, Kerry told Education Ministers that kids can benefit from learning life saving skills at Primary School.
After meeting pupils at Burnbush Primary School, Kerry said:
“It is was a pleasure to meet the pupils in year 6 at Burnbush Primary School. They were keen to show me the life saving skills they have learnt and successfully demonstrated how they would react when faced with an emergency or life threatening situation. The Government should look at the great work Burnbush Primary School is doing and ensure all primary school pupils are taught the very basic life saving skills.