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Do you need to brush up on first aid?

Ricky learning first aid
Ricky learning first aid at a school

All kids should learn first aid at school, according to the charity St John Ambulance.

They reckon everyone should know how to help people who are injured.

At the moment first aid is recommended at schools in Wales and Northern Ireland, but not in England and Scotland.

Do you learn first aid at school or if not, would you like lessons in it?

Is first aid fun or a bit boring? Would it help you in an emergency? Maybe you already know how to use it and have used it in a real life situation.

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Your comments

"I think schools should teach first aid because it could help when there is a real emergency. I believe it is good for children of all ages to learn about first aid. Also it gives children independence and it's quite fun to learn!"

Fahad, 14, UK

"I am a part of St Johns but I only know how to put people in the recovery position."

Jessica, 9 Devon, England

"I learnt it at my guides and it was really fun, I think schools should teach it because then at least we will know what to do in case of an accident. I'd rather be safe than sorry!"

Jasmine, 13, UK

"We feel that first aid should be taught in school, because it is a life skill. Also then we would know if our injuries need serious attention or if they were minor."

Class 3b, 7-8, South London, England

"I think there should be a club that teaches first aid because not everybody wants to learn it."

Sophie, 10, West Yorkshire, England

"I think we should learn first aid but my school doesn't."

Eve, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think everyone needs to brush up on first aid. But you can't really judge it until something happens."

Emily, 12, UK

"At my school they don't teach first aid. I wish they did though because once I was really scared as I was almost alone when I saw a man take a really bad fall. I didn't know first aid and I think if I did I could have put him out of the agony he was in."

Toina, St. Petersburg, Russia

"I think it's really important to be taught this sort of subject because in an emergency it could save more lives and it can also keep situations calmer."

Alison, 13, Brighton, England

"It should only be allowed if there is a student who REALLY needs first aid. Also, the teachers need to be fully trained before they do any first aid on children."

Hinna, 12, Surrey, England

"Yeah, I really think that schools should teach first aid as it's really important in case of an emergency and it's actually really fun! My primary school did it and it was really fun!"

Jennifer, 12, London, England

"It is helpful and important for children in need of help."

Aneesa, 10, Bradford, England

"I live in Belfast and we don't do first aid in school!"

James, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think it is a life saving opportunity, literally. I have gone to the St. John's workshop with the rest of year six at my school. We got a plaster put on our finger - it was really cool!!"

Felicia, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think we should get more lessons in first aid because it will definitely come in handy someday!"

Rosie, 10, Birmingham, England

"Well, I did a two week course on first aid. Now I've got a certificate which allows me to help anyone in danger. I think that it's really good practice to do first aid in school."

Ruqaiyyah, 13, London, England

"It would be great fun. It would be really important in the case of an emergency."

Tara, 9, Ireland

"I think all children need to be taught first aid, as it can help in later life. I would love my school to do it."

Bethan, 9, Sheffield, England

"I think schools should teach us first aid because I only had one first aid lesson and that was in year 3 so I don't remember anything!"

Estella, 11, Berkshire, England

"I think that primary school students should get taught more about first aid. Schools should be making sure that children know what to do in a medical emergency."

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think schools should teach first aid because it could be extremely useful when you're older. It is really important to learn because you might have to use it in a life-threatening situation."

Alex, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think it would. I am in secondary school now but I used to go to Brownies and I did my first aid badge there. We did it for WEEKS! So now I know what to do if someone collapses, if they have burns, if they need a sling, etc. Although, I think teachers should know something about first aid as well as their students."

Fay, 11, Kent, England

"I think that teaching first aid is a great idea as it could really help if one of their friends gets hurt."

Lucy, 11, Suffolk, England

"I think they should teach first aid to everyone because even when you're out of school someone might have an accident, so you need to know what to do."

Callum, 10, Cumbria, England

"I have never been taught even the most basic first aid training and I think it is 100% essential in every child's life. It wouldn't even cost much, in fact it should be mandatory in schools."

Thomas, 14, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think we should learn about first aid because kids don't really know what to do in an emergency situation and they could do something completely wrong and then the injured person could die."

Sophie, 12, Cambridge, England

"Yes, it would be really helpful and would help in an emergency!"

Olivia, 10, North Yorkshire, England

"Our class were taught the recovery position by the fire and rescue service but I would like to learn more! I think that everybody needs to learn some first aid skills so that they could save someone's life."

Sindurii, 11, Oxford, England

"Yes, because if there is a real emergency, people will know how to help and first aid will save people's lives."

Louise, 11, Wokingham, England

"Schools could teach first aid because it's just as important as science and maths! It would really help if there is an emergency. Teaching first aid saves lives!"

Johanna, 12, Switzerland

"Yes! We should be taught first aid, I learnt it at my Guides and I think my school should teach it too!

Kate, 13, UK

"At my school we already do first aid as a short course for six weeks."

Rizwan, 13, Blackburn, England

"I think that teaching first aid is a really good idea. My school don't teach it but I wish they did."

Alice, 11 Kent, England

"We should learn first aid because it's much better to learn now at a young age."

Freya, 6, Warwickshire, England

"Yes, they should because what would happen in an emergency situation if you didn't know first aid?"

Lewis, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think we should be told how to do first aid in case there isn't a teacher around to help in an emergency."

Jack, 10, Liverpool, England

"We don't learn first aid at school. I think it would help all pupils if they learnt it in school because then they would know what to do when there's an emergency when they're older."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"I think it's very important to learn first aid. Then if there is an emergency we will know what to do."

Eleanor, 10, Cambridgeshire, England

"Learning first aid should be an essential school subject. Where else are we going to have the chance to learn it apart from if you are planning to go to medical school?"

Suzanne, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I think schools should do first aid because if a student sees someone who is ill then they can help them."

May, 11, UK

"First aid should be taught in all schools, so if there is an emergency they don't need an adult. Also it gives children independence and it's quite fun to learn!"

Nahida, 11, London, England

"Although it would be very boring to learn, I'm sure millions of people would benefit from knowing life-saving skills."

Charlie, 12, Kent, England

"Yes, it definitely is! I used to be a member of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade, and we learnt how to check if someone is breathing, and how to comfort someone who is in shock! I believe it is good for children all ages to learn about first aid, so if there was ever an emergency, they would know what to do!"

Laura, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"We do it all the time at scouts. I think children need to know more about essential first aid, just in case of an emergency."

Emily, 11, UK

"Yes, I think they should. As not only would it be fun to learn, but we would also know what to do in an emergency afterwards."

Ayat, 12, London, England

"I think schools should teach first aid because it could help when there is a real emergency. Plus, it could help students when they're older!"

Zainab, 10, London, England