Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2021

Save a life for Scotland

What is this?

​Save a Life for Scotland has brought together partner agencies - including The British Heart Foundation, St Andrew's First Aid, The Royal Life Saving Society and The British Red Cross as well as public sector groups - to create this valuable learning resource to support the teaching of CPR across all ages and stages.

Who is this for?

​This learning resource is aimed at primary and secondary practitioners looking to deliver first aid as part of the curriculum.

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How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

Teaching all children what to do in an emergency, how to perform CPR and instruct an adult what to do has been shown to dramatically increase survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest in other countries.

Save a Life Scotland believe it is a life skill every young person should have. The resource includes an information booklet and 14 videos to support implementation.

CPR myth-busting video

This myth-busting video answers questions learners may have about CPR.

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Primary 1-3: Teaching CPR

Learners can watch the following video and practise the six steps on their teddies.

Be a CPR superhero

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Rhian's Day

Primary 4 and 5

The 'Mini Vinnie' video demonstrates age-appropriate responses to dealing with CPR situations.

Millie's Day

Primary 6 and 7: You can do it!

This video shares the key messages of saving a life using the 'Dr's ABC method'.

Health sketch

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Cameron's Day

Secondary support

Many partners are currently working with secondary schools either through:

  • The British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart Course (these have been discontinued but still run in some schools in Scotland). Please contact for more information.
  • St Andrew’s First Aid BandAge course.
  • Lucky 2 B Here ‘Emergency Life Skills’ course runs in every primary and secondary school in the Western Isles Local Authority area and includes CPR and defibrillation.
  • The Royal Life Saving Society ‘Save a Life’ course - A range of Save a Life series workshops aim to teach basic emergency skills to anyone who cares for a baby, child or adult.
  • The British Red Cross have created an interactive and engaging first aid resource for teachers of 11 -19 year olds. It’s free and can be found at

So how can you get your pupils trained in CPR?

Secondary schools in Scotland who do not have equipment from the British Heart Foundation are eligible to apply for free training equipment so please do that. Schools need to apply directly to them but the process is simple and online. Follow this link and get started today This CPR kit comes with a training DVD.

Save a life Scotland has made a video about how to deliver CPR. It's called Gonna Be (500 Times): Learn CPR with Carol Smillie. You can watch it, and a number of other videos, below.


Cameron's Day (S1-S3)

999 call

This video provides an introduction for all secondary age pupils.

Gregor's story

Headteacher's perspective: Information for teachers

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Experiences and outcomes

  • I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.
    HWB 0-15a / HWB 1-15a / HWB 2-15a / HWB 3-15a / HWB 4-15a
  • I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.
    HWB 0-16a / HWB 1-16a / HWB 2-16a / HWB 3-16a / HWB 4-16a
  • I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.
    HWB 0-17a / HWB 1-17a / HWB 2-17a / HWB 3-17a / HWB 4-17a


PDF file: Save a Life resource booklet (7.6 MB)

PDF file: Save a Life - Suggested programme for primary (281 KB)

PDF file: Save a Life - Suggested programme for secondary (271 KB)

PDF file: Certificate template (84 KB)