Secondary school pupils to learn life-saving skills and defibrillator use from 2020 in roll-out of government plans
Children will be taught basic lifesaving skills under government plans for health education to be provided in every school.
Under the proposals all secondary school leavers in England will be taught how to administer CPR, to know the purpose of defibrillators and to give basic treatment for common injuries.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) described the plans as a decisive moment in attempts to improve on the less than 10% survival rate for people in the UK who have cardiac arrests while not in hospitals.
In countries that teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of Britain.