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S5W-18441: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Department for Education's recent announcement regarding mandatory CPR training in schools in England and the British Heart Foundation's campaign on the issue, what its position is on introducing such training in Scotland's schools, and what its response is to reported international evidence suggesting that such an approach can increase survival rates.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 25 September 2018

Unlike in England and Wales, the curriculum in Scotland is not statutory, and is therefore not prescribed by the Scottish Government. It is therefore not possible for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to be introduced in the Scottish Curriculum in the same way, although under Curriculum for Excellence schools have the flexibility to provide CPR training.

It is for schools and local authorities to decide if and when to best deliver CPR learning opportunities and many do. Work with schools to support CPR learning is a priority for Save a Life for Scotland, the partnership in increasing CPR skills informed by international evidence. We welcome schools and local authorities commitment for young people to learn CPR. The Scottish Government recognise that in many schools across Scotland CPR learning is already embedded.