We are a very large Primary School with 635 pupils on roll. Nearly all our staff are First Aid trained and as adults we know how important it is to be able to administer First Aid. Initially, we decided to have First Aid training for the pupils as we have children in school who are young carers who help to look after siblings as well as their parents/Carers and also through it would be a very good life skill for our Pupil Premium Children. We were at first just going to focus on training Yr.5, as felt this would be a good target group, which had a high number of Pupil Premium children. After discussions with Simon from Flat Stan, we decided to include Yr.4 as well. Not only would these children benefit from the First Aid training, but they would be able to show others including their peers in school and their families.
When deciding on a provider, we contacted Flat Stan First Aid as it had been recommended to me not just by the adults but by the children from a school in Calderdale. We chose Flat Stan as the delivery was very child centred, and was not just a version of adult training.
Simon, from Flat Stan delivered First Aid training to 183 pupils over 2 days. From the first contact, we found him the be very professional and the communication prior to and during the training was very good.
Simon arrived on site early, giving him time to set up and meet the staff prior to the training. He was very flexible and fit the sessions around various school events, such as assemblies, Remembrance services and lunchtime.
The children and staff loved the sessions. One mum even Tweeted ‘Will really enjoyed it. He’s learnt so much (I’m impressed) and it’s the most he’s EVER told me about what he’s done at school .’
Every child received a child friendly First Aid book, to take home a share with family.
We would highly recommend Flat Stan First Aid and will be using them again for future training.
Moorlands Primary School – Kirklees
Mrs Becky Freeman – Deputy Head
Christchurch – Salford
Year 6 teacher:
Yeah I would just say that for a year 6 class last thing on a Friday it must have been engaging. I found that it was pitched perfectly for the age group and gave the children chance to think about the skills in a real life context.
The children loved it and were talking about it among themselves- We’ve used some of the handouts on our science display too!
Year 5 teacher:
Just to say everyone in year 5 were engaged and enjoyed the relaxed approach given by Simon. The session was very child friendly and this encouraged the children in discussion and response.
Simon was friendly and approachable with the children whilst laying out clear rules and expectations. The resources were child friendly and used in a way that gave all children hands-on experience with the dummies (?) and an understanding of what they were doing and why. I experienced Simon delivering to our Year 3 class and our Year 6 class and thought the content and delivery was adapted really well depending on the age group. We are very glad we had Simon in to deliver some very important messages that will hold our children in good stead should they ever be in an emergency situation.
As a school, we felt that it was really important for all of our children to have basic skills and first aid so that if they were ever faced with a situation, whether it be in school, at home or during a sporting event, they would know how to respond. Flat Stan cane to our school and led workshops with all of our children and tailored them to their individual needs and capabilities. We are now confident that ALL of our pupils can administer basic first aid, an important life-skill which so many adults even don’t have. The trainers were friendly and knowledgeable and were excellent with the children. The children responded well and all of them had fun! We would highly recommend Flat Stan to any school wanting to deliver First Aid training and we will definitely be booking them again in the future.
We are looking forward to receiving our plaque and more information regarding the Feelings and Emotions resources. We have also included testimonials from the children in our school Newsletter and these are also on our website.
We look forward to working with you again in the future, the first aid courses were a real success.
Robinhood Junior School – Sutton
Rachel Trumper – Teacher
Simon was wonderfully engaging, holding the attention of the three and four year olds in nursery for almost half an hour with his gentle and participatory approach. Several weeks later the children continue to talk about their first aid session, and have enthusiastically explained their knowledge about what to do in an emergency to some of our other visitors for our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic. By treating the children as capable of being competent lifesavers they were able to develop the skills and knowledge to help them to make a difference, should they need to do so.
Peartree Way – Hertfordshire
Sarah Foster, Senior Teacher
We booked the Flat Stan first aid sessions as an activity for our 2017 science week. We were impressed by their helpful manner in organising what was the best programme for us and their positive attitude and professionalism.
Our children from the foundation stage to year 6, including children with a variety of SEN experienced a session throughout the day. Simon had a lovely way with the children and listened to their comments and questions with real interest. Children reported to their teachers that they enjoyed the sessions and now know why they need “to make them cough when they are choking.” (Year 1 child). Staff particularly liked the simple Flat Stan manikins that were used with the children. We felt that this put the children at ease.
We had a super day with Flat Stan and would happily make it part of our science week again.
Sue Evans – Science lead at Phoenix Primary School
We approached Flat Stan to deliver first aid training to all of our year two pupils in January 2017. Pupils and staff found the workshops really engaging and age-appropriate. Pupils developed a good understanding of different ways to respond in an emergency situation and the booklet they were provided with enabled them to share this with their families. Parents and carers were also really positive about the workshops and valued their child’s develop, met of key skills in this area.
We would definitely recommend Flat Stan first aid training to any school and will be adding this training to our core provision moving forwards. In a recent Ofsted inspection, inspectors were positive about the first aid training pupils received (report available on our school website).
Deputy Head Teacher – Someries Infant and Nursery School – Luton, Beds.
I thought I needed to email you before the day is over and as Keith is doing such an amazing job! ( Keith Mewes Snr)
I haven’t been able to stay for a session, but have seen the children afterwards and they have been so excited and couldn’t wait to tell me what they had learnt. I think they now want to take this role on in school! The staff who have attended the sessions, cannot speak highly enough of Keith, how he has presented the teaching and learning, his style and manner with the children….a true professional. As an ex nurse, I feel these life skills are so important and we have several children within our school who are carers or share a caring role for their older siblings with medical conditions that are life threatening.
This has been brilliant and thank you.
Liz Ginger – Deputy Headteacher – Swallow Dell Primary School
“Can I just say how engaging the sessions were. As you know this fitted in perfectly with our Emergency 999 topic in year 2. The children asked questions and shared their knowledge and really enjoyed the opportunity to practise their learnt first aid skills on each other when they applied bandages and slings. They worked collaboratively and supported each other. Sam was a fabulous trainer and we very much look forward to you working with us again.”
Carol Rickleton – Brookland Infant and Nursery School – London
The end of term saw students participating in First Aid Workshop courtesy of Flat Stan, a company dedicated to introducing children everywhere to Essential Life Skills so that now or later on in life they will know what to do in an emergency so that they can help themselves and others – and all live happily ever after!
We had a first aid event at school. I thought it was cool. I like first aid; we learnt how to do CPR. We also learnt how to deal with a cut and also how to bandage an arm. The guy who taught us was Sam, he was funny. I had already done first aid before this so it was just a refresher for me, but I thought it was good that other people were learning this stuff.
By Jodie, Year 10
Elm Court School – Lambeth
May I once again take the opportunity to say Thank You for providing such a professional, fun and educational experience for our Rainbows.
I have had a few of the parents contact myself saying what an impact the session has had on their daughters and them also.
As discussed with Simon I have and will continue to promote this excellent service within Primary Schools in the Kirklees area where I provide supply cover. One School is already looking into funding to enable ‘Flat Stan First Aid’ implement the programme to their year 5 and 6 students, enabling them to make informed and effective decisions in First Aid
Keep up the excellent service and assistance in saving lives.
Yours in Guiding
5th Sowerby Bridge Rainbows