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Information for schools

School is an ideal environment in which to learn Emergency Life Support Skills (ELS) within the existing curriculum, and it is never too early to start learning ELS. All primary and secondary schools within each of the 32 London Boroughs are eligible to apply for the project. Year groups 1-13 are all suitable and pupils as young as 5 years old can start learning ELS within the Heartstart UK programme. They will be taught to be ready, willing and able to step in when the need arises.

The ELS programme can be carefully tailored to the individual requirements of each school, and enables schools to establish flexible delivery of ELS skills to their pupils. Please go to the curriculum links section to view how you could fit SLL into your timetable. Some schools have also linked SLL in with ASDAN, Duke of Edinburgh, Community Sports Leaders Awards and lunch or after school clubs.

Click here to download an information leaflet for teachers.

Click here to download an application form

Click here to download a Heartstart Toolkit

Click here to download a re-affiliation form

What Schools receive free of charge

It is never too early to start learning ELS
  • Instructor training for teaching staff in ELS from St John Ambulance (teaching staff can include TAs and school nurses) - click here to download a timetable
  • Supply cover for up to 4 teachers for initial teacher instructor training days - click here to download a reimbursement form
  • Medical student support for teachers
  • Certificates for pupils
  • ELS skills refresher courses for school staff
  • Heartstart UK schools training pack (includes DVD, poster and other teaching materials)
  • British Heart Foundation (BNF) grant for resuscitation equipment
  • Public liability and personal accident insurance
  • Affiliation to Heartstart UK and on-going support from community resuscitation experts

Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach members of the public what to do in a life threatening emergency and is a nationally recognised model for ELS training.

To join the scheme or request more information please contact Mary Smith on 020 7258 7075 or