The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides pupils with the opportunity to develop confidence in working with others as well as greater individual responsibility. The expedition section encourages an awareness and respect for the environment. In addition, the opportunity to work as a team in a challenging environment fosters an atmosphere of co-operation and again participants gain confidence in themselves and learn to respect and value others. It is also valued by colleges, universities and employers. http://www.dofelifezone.info/dofe-skills-for-work.html
The Award consists of three progressive levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
In order to achieve an award pupils must successfully complete each of the following sections:
- 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: training for, planning and completing an adventurous journey.
- At Gold level there is an additional Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
Pupils must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months. Pupils are required to commit approximately one hour per week on each of the first three sections.
The Bronze DofE Award has been running in the school for many years and is open to any S3 pupil. However, the demand for places in our DofE Bronze group is very high and places are limited due to expedition requirements. School staff support and train the Bronze group throughout the session in preparation for their expeditions. The expeditions are led by school staff together with qualified walking leaders linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award unit.
The initial cost to cover registration and in-school support and training is £30. In addition to this the Expedition section of the Award will cost £30 for each expedition, both Practice and Qualifier.
I’m interested what should I do now?
- Plan what you are going to do for Volunteering, Physical and Skill.
- Ask the person in charge of each activity if they are willing to be your supervisor and provide a report when you complete the section.
- Pupils who have organised all three sections will have the best chance of gaining a space in the Bronze group.
- Check the DofE noticeboard in the Social Subject corridor for details if the first meeting in August each year.
- Further information can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website dofe.org
Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh
The Silver DofE Award has been running in the school for several years and is open to any S4 pupil who has completed their Bronze Award. However, again the demand for places is very high and limited by expedition requirements. The Silver group is supported throughout the session by Miss Reid while the Expedition section is run by two qualified Mountain Leaders from outside school, Kenneth Gibson and Peter Wells, with additional support from three parent Mountain Leaders.
The initial cost to cover registration, in-school support, training and a Bothy weekend is £40. In addition to this the Expedition section of the Award will cost approximately £35 for each expedition, Practice and Qualifier.
Pupils who have completed their training and Silver Award through the school will be eligible to continue onto the Gold Award. This group is supported and trained for the expedition section in the same way as for Silver.
The initial cost to cover registration, in-school support and training is £40. In addition to this the Expedition section of the Award will cost approximately £45 for each expedition, Practice and Qualifier.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator