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First Aid: Curriculum

Education written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to including first aid in the new national curriculum.

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

holding answer 7 November 2011

First aid is currently included in the non-statutory programme of study for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) education. We are carrying out an internal review of PSHE, which is not part of the national curriculum. The purpose of this review is to identify ways in which schools can improve the quality of teaching of PSHE.

We aim to reform the national curriculum so that it properly reflects the body of essential knowledge in key subjects and does not absorb the overwhelming majority of teaching time in schools. A less prescriptive national curriculum will also give teachers greater flexibility to use their professional judgement to design wider school curricula that best meet the needs of their pupils. Our proposals for the new scope of the national curriculum will be announced next year, following which there will be consultation before final decisions are made.

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