The British Heart Foundation has claimed emergency life saving skills (ELS) should be taught as part of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in schools.

Following a survey of 2,000 parents, 1,000 children and 500 teachers, the charity claimed that 73 per cent of schoolchildren wanted to learn how to resuscitate someone and give first aid. More than 75 per cent of teachers also thought vital first aid skills should be taught in schools.

The life-saving skills that would be taught include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to deal with someone who is unconscious, serious bleeding and choking.

Maura Gillespie, head of policy and public affairs at the BHF said: "Teaching young people how to save a life is as important as learning to read and write. They are skills which equip them for real situations they might face in their lives."

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