The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or ‘DofE’ as it is referred to, is the world’s leading youth achievement award. Established 61 years ago and undertaken by millions of young people, employers, colleges and universities recognise DofE as one of the top programmes through which young people develop valuable personal and work related skills such as: confidence, independence, self-esteem, communication, team work and resilience.
The award develops these skills through a broad and balanced programme of activities which can be undertaken at three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold. Activities are completed for progressively longer timescales at each level and fall into in to the following sections:-
Volunteering: To give your time freely to help your community, people, environment or animals.
Physical: Take part in an activity that requires a sustained level of physical energy to develop greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Skills: Develop personal interests by learning a new skill or improving an existing one.
Expedition: Develop a spirit of adventure and discovery by completing a self-sufficient journey as part of a team.
In our first year we are offering all pupils in year 9 and 10 the opportunity to enrol onto a Bronze DofE Award.
One of the guiding principles of DofE is that it should be ‘achievable by all’ and at the information event we will explain how the school can support ALL pupils to take part in the award. We do hope your son/daughter is interested in taking up this fantastic opportunity to get involved.