CPR in Schools


It's CPR - The Inspiration

It's CPR is an exciting new initiative that brings together musical inspiration and medical expertise to fire up the imagination and make teaching CPR in schools a fun, informative and rewarding experience that might, one day, save a life.

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The Training

The process begins with children learning the CPR songs, scientifically and clinically accurate and written at a speed of 100 - 120 beats per minute so that children know the speed to perform CPR.

The Music Hub visits the school to support the vocal learning and this is followed by a visit from local medical professionals. There is an assembly for all KS2 students at the start of the day, followed by 30 minute workshops for each KS2 class. At the end of the day there is staff meeting which can also be followed by a session for parents.


The History

In 2016 a unique collaboration took place between medical professionals and the award-winning team of composers and musicians from Portsmouth Music Hub.

Portsmouth Music Hub composer, Iain Gilmour, composed exciting and informative songs and a rap to help children remember how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). 

It's CPR uses the specially composed songs, engaging teaching techniques and exciting musical activities, children in Years 3 - 6 and their teachers and parents learn about CPR and develop the skills to save a life.

Keeping the beat through singing, music and CPR
is really cool and I might save someone’s life.
— Max, Aged 8