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The Big First Aid Lesson 2015 with St John Ambulance #CharityTuesday #bigfirstaidlesson

Posted on 14th April 2015 in #charitytuesday/ school

St John AmbulanceTune in for England’s biggest free first aid lesson – 2pm, 12 June 2015

Join The St John Ambulance Big First Aid Lesson and in the space of just one hour, students from schools across the country could learn valuable first aid skills which may stay with them for a lifetime.

At 2 pm, on 12 June, St John Ambulance will be holding the Big First Aid Lesson, a free hour long online first aid session that will be streamed live into classrooms across the country. The interactive programme will combine first aid training and 999 scenarios with interesting real life situations, as well as interactive opportunities.

This 2015 event will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman, presenter of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Click here to Register now

Be part of the Big First Aid Lesson

As well as learning the skills to save a life, schools can also star in The Big First Aid Lesson.

Throughout the programme, St John Ambulance will be linking up with schools across the country on Google Hangouts to find out how they’re getting on with the lesson.

The team in the studio will be available to answer the best questions from the comments section of The Big First Aid Lesson’s webpage, and read out posts featuring the hashtag #bigfirstaidlesson on Twitter and Facebook.

Teaching students life-saving skills

The Big First Aid Lesson has been created to make it easier for schools to teach first aid. It’s a great introduction for students, or if they already know some first aid, a brilliant way of refreshing their skills.

St John Ambulance has a whole section on their website dedicated to bringing first aid education into schools. 

Launched in 2014, the event was a big success, with 32,384 students taking part and learning life saving first aid skills.

Why Say You Sell ‘Back To School’ Shoes, When You Only Sell Adult Shoes, Mr Shoes?

Posted on 7th September 2012 in bad service/ cambridge/ school


We had a long and frustrating trip around Cambridge searching for boys school shoes, casual shoes and PE trainers.

We were seeking size 4 and size 6. I had expected the size 6 ones to pose a problem as, although they were for my 11 year old, it is right on the brink of being an adult size. As it turns out though I was wrong; we quickly found what we needed in a 6.

The size 4, I guess being a more popular size, proved harder to find.

After we’d exhausted the Grafton centre we made our way towards the main town. On route we passed Mr Shoes who had a poster in their window advertising Back To School shoes, so we went inside.

We looked around but couldn’t see any childrens’ shoes at all, let alone school ones. Thinking that we were being dim, we apologetically asked a rather bored assistant where they were.

“We don’t sell kids shoes.” She said.

“You’ve got a poster in your window saying that you do?” We said. She repeated again that they don’t.

“Sorry to be such an obvious pain,” I said “but why would you have a sign in your window saying you sell them when you don’t?”

She sighed, annoyance and boredom only too evident. “Head Office say we have to.” She made to move away.

“But it isn’t true and you know it isn’t true.” I said. “You’ve wasted my time, my families time and your time; it’s ridiculous, why don’t you take it down?”

“Head Office say we can’t.”

So, Mr Shoes Head Office, what do you have to say about this?

Does YOUR child use the school toilets?

Posted on 11th June 2012 in bullying/ children/ school

I’ve noticed that when I pick my boys up from school they are always busting to use the toilet.

I hadn’t really thought anything of it until I jokingly said to my oldest “What’s wrong the the loos at school?”

and he replied “I never use them.”


When questioned further he had several reasons for not using them:

– fear of ‘getting pranked’

– lack of privacy as the cubicles are open top and bottom

– embarrassment

– cleanliness

The end result being that he goes from 8.15 am to 3.30 pm without going to the toilet which simply can not be good for him!

I’m horrified that he is doing this and also quite sad that he doesn’t feel that he can safely use the school facilities. He tells me that hardly anyone uses them for the same reasons.

It’s a couple of years old, but this BBC story seems to echo what he has said: – actually the fact that it’s a couple of years old really suggests how deep seated (no pun intended) this problem is.

When your children come home from school – please ask them for me if they use the school toilets?

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