The Secretary of State for Education is working on making health education compulsory in all schools, equipping every child with life-saving skills.

In the summer, the excellent Dursley Pulse team first aider (in the picture) talked to me about her belief that all young people should learn key first aid skills. I completely agree so I am pleased to see this announcement.

I was a St John’s Ambulance cadet and my mum ran the local group when we were young. I could definitely do with an update but the skills stay with you and increase confidence about dealing with incidents.

Info about the health education plans:

**From 2020, health education will become compulsory in all state-funded schools so that children know what to do in an emergency.

**The education will include skills such as administering CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.

**The proposals are part of our plans to strengthen wider education – such as health, sex and relationships education.