Free resources from British Heart Foundation to help teach CPR

Save time, save money, save lives.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has just launched an innovative CPR teaching tool for schools across the country.

Classroom RevivR is the BHF’s new game-changing interactive tool that makes it easy for pupils to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator in the classroom. It’s PSHE-accredited, meets curriculum standards and can be taught in one easy lesson plan – minimising teachers’ workload.  


After registering, teachers have access to a portal where ready-to-go resources including a lesson plan, webinar and teacher guidance will be hosted –  helping teachers save time, money and lives. By following the simple steps teachers will have created CPR superheroes in just 45 minutes

Built with busy teachers in mind, there is no need for an external trainer or lots of specialist equipment. Pupils need a digital device (preferrable their own device or a shared one) and something to perform compressions on, like a cushion, coat or backpack. If you already have CPR manikins, you can use these too. And the best part is – it’s completely free to use.

Thanks to innovative technology, Classroom RevivR also gives pupils live feedback as they practise chest compressions – helping them to find the right rhythm and learn CPR correctly.  

“Teachers who are less confident in CPR would value the fact it just runs through by itself – they can take it on board as well and once they’ve done it once, they’ll feel more confident in what’s coming next and how they can use it.”-   

Over 1,200 schools and thousands of teachers and pupils have already used Classroom RevivR    to create a school of CPR superheroes.

Designed with busy teachers in mind, Classroom RevivR holds a variety of benefits for pupils and staff, and is accessible via an online portal:

  • Flexible – Classroom RevivR can be accessed on most digital devices.
  • Curriculum-aligned – The tool meets statutory health education PSHE standards in the UK and integrates seamlessly into health lessons in all nations.
  • Efficient – The tool requires no specialist equipment, and no extra planning – saving you time and money.
  • Lifesaving – CPR is a skill we all hope we never have to use, but Classroom RevivR will ensure your pupils are ready if they ever need to perform lifesaving CPR.

Working together, pupils will learn the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack, how to respond if they see an unconscious person, including how to make an emergency call and get help, how to use a defibrillator and how to work as a team and perform CPR safely


Every minute without CPR and defibrillation after a cardiac arrest can reduce the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.  Thanks to innovative technology, Classroom RevivR also gives pupils live feedback as they practise chest compressions – helping them to find the right rhythm and learn CPR correctly. Give your defibrillator the best chance at saving a life by registering it on . Many defibrillators are never used because emergency services don’t know where they are or how to access them. This is where The Circuit comes in. The Circuit: The national defibrillator network provides the NHS ambulance services with vital information about defibrillators across the UK so that in those crucial moments after a cardiac arrest, they can be located and accessed quickly to help save lives.


Harry’s Story

Harry was only seven years old when he collapsed at an after-school football match, from a cardiac arrest, on 10 February 2016. Christine, a member of school staff jumped into action and performed CPR on him for about 15 minutes as another dialled 999.

An ambulance rushed him to hospital, where a team of doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save his life. Harry was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Thanks to bystanders knowing CPR and the doctors and nurses who treated him in hospital, Harry was back at school.

“If he hadn’t had the quality of the CPR he’d had, it would have been a different story” – Harry’s dad Alex.

Watch Harry’s story here.