What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (also known as DofE) is a personal development programme that is open to anyone aged 14 to 25 in the UK. The Award is split into three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold and within these levels participants have four sections to complete. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (also known as DofE) began in 1956 and is dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds. To complete the Award you need to be between the age of 14 and 25 and be up for taking on a challenge.
Here at the school we are currently offering Bronze and Silver Award Levels. Towards the end of Year 9 we open around 40 places on the Bronze programme. To be eligible for a place you need to be referred via your tutor. We do not have any specific requirements for who we will take on for Bronze DofE, but we do want students who are committed and will complete the Award. Once you have completed your Bronze Award we will then ask you whether or not you would like to continue and gain your Silver Award. This will generally be towards the end of Year 10.
The Four Sections
As mentioned earlier participants achieve the Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections. The four sections are;
Volunteering – make a positive difference to someone else’s life
Physical – doing something that helps you improve your personal fitness
Skill – learn something new
Expedition – spend at least 2 days walking, canoeing, horse riding, cycling or sailing and camp overnight.
Please see the sidebar link for more details about the expedition.
One of the best bits about the DofE is that YOU choose what YOU want to do! So out of the 40 Bronze participants we have this year it is unlikely any of them will undertake the same activities.
Find out more about the different levels and sections in the drop down menu on the left hand side of the screen.
For more info on the DofE go to www.dofe.org or speak to Mr Burge today!