Emergencies happen. On ordinary days, life can change in the beat of a heartbeat, and school staff can find themselves in a life threatening emergency.

Schools have an obligation to ensure that their team are able to manage a first aid emergency, such as an accident or sudden case of illness – both for the children and staff.

Whether it’s the old ‘wet paper towel’ trick, a bit of TLC, or recognition of serious conditions such as Asthma or Anaphylaxis – school staff should be confident and understand their responsibilities.

Click here to download your free schools first aid toolkit now!

This fantastic toolkit includes free template to complete your Schools First Aid Needs Assessment, Classroom-friendly Posters covering Asthma, Meningitis, Anaphylaxis Awareness, as well as free eLearning for Diabetes with certificate upon completion (feel free to share this with your entire team).

Understanding Your School’s First Aid Responsibilities


  • Should have a policy and risk assessment for first aid in school.
  • Maintain health and safety law regarding first aid for teaching and support staff.
  • Make provision for when staff and children are off-site.
  • Provide adequate first aid kits and equipment.
  • Make arrangements for out of hours agreements, such as lettings and parent’s evening.


  • To put the school / governing body’s / academy’s policy into practice.
  • Develop detailed procedures.
  • Make sure that staff and parents are aware of the schools health & safety policy, including arrangements for first aid.

School Staff

  • Don’t automatically include giving first aid, although staff may volunteer to undertake these tasks.
  • Should use their best endeavours at all times, particularly in emergencies, to secure the welfare of pupils.
  • In general, ‘the consequences of taking no action are likely to be more serious than those of trying to assist in an emergency.’

Source: Department of Education

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What’s in the Toolkit?

  • Free template to complete your Schools First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Classroom-friendly Posters covering Asthma, Meningitis, Anaphylaxis Awareness
  • Free eLearning for Diabetes with certificate upon completion
    (feel free to share this with your entire team)

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Mental Health First Aid

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