Schools throughout Scotland are being urged to sign up to the Heartstart initiative, which aims to teach all five to 18-year-olds life-saving techniques for dealing with emergencies at home or in public.
Heartstart UK has been running for more than a year in science classes at Renfrew High School. The Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum has supported the development of the programme, which can be integrated into a school's timetable, and sent information to all schools through the SCCCCurriculum File.
The Heartstart programme includes training and support for teachers to enable them to offer pupils the practical aspects of emergency lifesaving techniques. Grants of up to pound;4,000 are available from the British Heart Foundation for resource packs which include teaching material and resuscitation training manikins.
For further information, schools should write to Heartstart UK, British Heart Foundation, 45a Moray Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BQ, or telephone 0131 225 1067.