The Government do not believe that the teaching of emergency life savings skills (ELS) should be a statutory requirement. The aim of this Government is to reduce prescription throughout the education system and, in doing so, to allow teachers and school leaders the flexibility to use their professional judgment to provide what is best in their circumstances.
The new national curriculum that we have published will provide a rigorous basis for teaching, a benchmark for all schools to improve their performance and will give children and parents a better guarantee that every student will acquire the knowledge to succeed in the modem world.
Teachers are free to use their professional judgment to decide whether to teach ELS and should tailor such provision according to the needs of their pupils. To support teaching, schools are free to use professional organisations and resources and we encourage organisations to develop guidance for schools in the areas of their expertise. Reputable organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and St John Ambulance already provide resources and training, which schools are free to make use of, and we encourage them to do so when teaching pupils about this topic.