An awards scheme to help schoolchildren become self-confident and resilient has been launched nationally. The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award scheme comprises 40 hours of activities that include teamwork challenges and community projects.

It is delivered in schools by SkillForce instructors, who are predominantly ex-Services personnel.

So far, the scheme has reached more than 3,000 pupils from Yorkshire, Birmingham and London and is now being offered across the country.

To mark the launch, pupils at Minerva Primary Academy in Bristol showed some of the first aid skills they are learning as part of the award project. The demonstration included working in small groups on resuscitation mannequins and practising the recovery position.

Principal Peter Hallam says: “We are thrilled to be the first school in Bristol to launch the SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award, which is enabling our pupils to develop qualities and skills that will support them for the rest of their lives.”

Pic: Minerva Primary Academy pupils demonstrate the first aid skills they have learned during the SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award

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