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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Education written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children are trained in emergency life support skills including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Within the non-statutory programmes of study for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, pupils are taught about basic emergency procedures and where to get help. They learn to develop the skills to cope with emergency situations that require basic first aid procedures, including resuscitation techniques.

The 2010 Ofsted report found that three quarters of schools surveyed provided good or outstanding PSHE.

We have announced our intention to hold an internal review of PSHE education to determine how we can support schools to improve the quality of all PSHE teaching, including giving teachers the flexibility to use their judgement about how best to deliver PSHE education. Further details will be announced shortly.

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