The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is a personal development program for 13 to 25 year olds. It began in 1956 and continues to grow in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
The DofE Award is an excellent way to demonstrate many skills that you can’t prove with good exam grades. Furthermore, colleges, universities and employers hold it in high regard. There are a number of surveys and research that demonstrate the impact and benefits of DofE http://www.dofe.info/go/employability/ or view the ULT Research.
Here at Bedale High School, we offer both Bronze and Silver. They both include four sections:
The expedition section aims at broadening students experience through an adventurous challenge and take place at various locations applicable to the award level in North Yorkshire. Participants are trained by Alfresco Adventures in all the required elements to fulfil a closely supervised practice and a remotely supervised assessment in accordance with the DofE principles.
The other sections are designed to inspire new interests and to develop current interests – so they can fit around your day-to-day hobbies and sports! Students are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE sections, which is usually at least one hour per week.
The scheme is administered and monitored through an online system, ‘eDofE’, and involves all sections. This is the only method of sign off for the award therefore requires regular engagement from participants. The ‘eDofE’ system allows students to input evidence of their activities which is then approved.
The DofE website provides answers to a range of questions you may have about the scheme or you can make an enquiry by contacting Mrs Wilson by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.