Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated to DofE) is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone agreed 14 to 24 regardless of personal ability. DofE programmes can on average, take between 1 year and 3-4 years to complete depending on the route taken. All programmes must be completed by the participants 25th birthday. Around 275,000 participants are taking part in their DofE Programme at any time in the United Kingdom.
The concept of DofE is simple – anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering : undertaking service to individuals or the community
- Physical : improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
- Skills : developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition : planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK (or abroad for the gold award).
As you can see, the Award is a fantastic opportunity for participants to improve their skills, health and wellbeing. It pushes them to be the best they can by encouraging them to learn new skills, be physically more able as well as giving them confidence in themselves and their abilities. It also makes them aware of others and how they can help and give back to their community.
Here at St Thomas More, we have been successfully running the scheme for 12 years at the bronze level. Students begin in year 10 with the aim to finish within the year allowing them to concentrate on their GCSE’s in year 11. They may then go on to the Silver Award and on to Gold.
I have recently taken over the role of Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator at school. In the past, there have been limited places however, I am extremely pleased to confirm that the school are now encouraging all year 10 students as part of their enrichment within the school, to enrol on the scheme. The scheme can be adapted to all students to accommodate all abilities; it is the students own personal journeys. Once they begin the first three areas, I look forward to hiking and camping with them all!!!
I am extremely excited to be working with the students and looking forward to helping them to reach their best personal potential.
Ms R Wilkes
Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator