The Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) is a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
The DofE licenses organisations that work with young people to run DofE programmes, such as schools, colleges, youth groups and clubs. Through Hayle Acadmey (the Licensed Organisation) young people (or their parents / carers) pay for a Participation Place and are supported by Leaders who support them through their programmes, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE. The award itself is a fantastic CV booster that will help all young people with their next steps.
For information about the DofE, please contact Mr Leech (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit https://www.dofe.org/
The Bronze award is open to all students once they have started year 9. Each section of the bronze award (physical, skill and volunteering) is undertaken over 3 months. As participants complete each section of the award they gather evidence (e.g. photographs, diary entry, videos, recordings) of their activity and submit those as evidence on the eDofE app. At the end of each section an approved assessor (who is not a relative) completes and signs an assessor’s report, confirming the activity took place. Each activity is to be completed weekly. The expedition to complete the bronze award is over 2 days, with one night camping in West Cornwall. For ideas on what you could do for each section visit the Ideas section below and download the PDF documents.
The Silver award is open to all students once they have started year 10, regardless if you have completed the bronze award. There are three sections of the award just like at bronze (physical, volunteering and skill) but depending on whether you have completed the bronze award already or not will determine how long each section will take. Participants who have already completed bronze need to undertake two sections for 6 months and one section for three months (volunteering must be one of the 6 month activities). Participants who have not completed bronze must complete two sections at 9 months (one of which must be volunteering) and one for 6 months. Each activity is completed weekly.
As participants complete each section of the award they gather evidence (e.g. photographs, diary entry, videos, recordings) of their activity and submit those as evidence on the eDofE app. At the end of each section an approved assessor (who is not a relative) completes and signs an assessor’s report, confirming the activity took place. The expedition to complete the bronze award is over 2 days, with one night camping in West Cornwall. For ideas on what you could do for each section visit the Ideas section below and download the PDF documents.
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