Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the curriculum at key stage 3

CPR is a life-saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the body when the heart is unable to do so. In Northern Ireland, there are around 1,400 cardiac arrests each year that occur outside hospital.

CPR is a critical and potentially life-saving skill. The Department considers it important for provision in Northern Ireland to mirror that in the rest of the UK and much of Europe. The Department has therefore written to schools to advise that from the 2022/23 academic year, the Department will expect schools to deliver CPR training within the curriculum at Key Stage 3.

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