CPR 4 Schools, Creating Life-Savers for Life

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any age. Young or old. Fit or not. And the chances of recovery decrease by 10% for every minute that proper care isn’t administered. Does your school know what to do? Your kids lives might depend on it. And your life might depend on it too.

Do you and your school know what to do?


At the Irish Heart Foundation, our hope is that in the long term our free CPR 4 Schools programme will increase the rate of survival from sudden cardiac arrest in communities throughout Ireland by preparing a generation of lifesavers who will be able to respond in a cardiac emergency.


Our programme is designed to train everyone, because everyone need to know.


The Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme aims to train a generation of students who will have the skills and confidence to perform CPR in cardiac emergencies. We’ll help you turn each of your post primary school students into a skilled future lifesaver, which is a reassuring thing to know for everyone. Be it fellow teachers, fellow students or indeed their own family.


Video training classes, life-saving skills.


The Irish Heart Foundation is equipping post primary schools free-of-charge to deliver video driven training to classes using a practice-while-watching methodology whereby students practise the life saving skills of CPR on manikins, with guidance from their teacher.


Our CPR 4 Schools programme consists of a combination of the following for participating schools:



How to participate and be ready for an emergency:



To participate in this programme a minimum of two teachers from a school must attend the 2-hour workshop for teachers (conducted via Education Centres) so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to train students in CPR.

Training pack and online resource

Following this workshop the school will be provided with their own training pack which includes inflatable manikins along with online access to resources from the Irish Heart Foundation. Please note that schools must commit to conducting ongoing training to retain their manikin pack.

Hands on CPR training and video

This training and resources will enable the school to provide hands on CPR training for students in a 40 minute video driven course which teachers facilitate by ensuring that students perform skills as demonstrated in the videos.

If your Education Centre would like to register your interest in this programme please email us, or your school can contact your local Education Centre regarding upcoming workshops.

Please don’t delay, the sooner your school is prepared the better it is for everyone. Parents, kids, teachers, the community. Everyone is safer.

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From lesson plans to guided CPR training videos and certificates, you’ll find all the resources you need here to turn your students into future lifesavers.

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