All students at Didsbury High School have begun learning how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator as part of their Beliefs & Values lessons.

They are being taught by the school’s lead first aider Miss da Silva, who also volunteers with the North West Ambulance Service as a first responder.

The sessions were already scheduled to take place but after events unfolded on the pitch at the Euros last weekend, it’s a timely reminder of how important these life-saving techniques are.

After Danish footballer Christian Eriksen received CPR during Denmark’s match against Finland last Saturday, there are now calls for first aid to be taught in all schools and we’re extremely fortunate to already have the benefit of Miss da Silva’s knowledge and experience.

Miss da Silva, a qualified teacher, joined the team at Didsbury High in January having spent five years as a first aid trainer and assessor. She will now teach Basic Life Support and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use within school and all students will have a lesson on these life-saving skills by the end of term.