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Primary school pupils ‘graduate’ from St George’s in Tooting

Primary school pupils ‘graduate’ from St George’s in Tooting

| by Tooting Newsie | Posted in News, Health & Fitness, Education

St George’s University in Tooting recently celebrated the Primary Practice graduations of ten classes of primary school students from across the boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton.

The Primary Practice initiative is an after-school club offering primary school students in Year 5 and Year 6 the chance to learn more about medicine and healthcare.

During the weeks the students are taught a variety of clinical skills by their student ambassador mentors. The skills include; Body Outlining, Peak flow, Sign Language, basic first aid, how to use stethoscopes and skeletons and reflexes. It is often their first experience of biology, medicine and healthcare education.


At the end of the six weeks the students are invited into St George’s to practice their skills in the clinical skills training labs, given them an insight into life in St George’s. 

Andrew Knox, Deputy Head at Merton Abbey School in Wimbledon, one of the schools participating in the scheme, commented, “The initiative has been great – the children have learned a lot of basic first aid skills that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. The training has also built on the children’s existing skill-set and knowledge and will be extremely helpful for our biology lessons.

“The best part of the scheme is the relationships our students form with their mentors. They have lots of fun together and aspire to be just like the students. It’s been amazing listening to how many of our pupils are now considering a career in medicine, which is something they may not have considered otherwise.”

St George’s Widening Participation Manager, Fiona Cairns, added, “Primary Practice is a way to expose children to their first taste of medical and healthcare education, and also a way to alleviate anxiety about hospital. St George’s Hospital is well known within London and is a central part of the surrounding communities, so by inviting students in they can find out a bit more about the university and what we do.”


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