Duke of Edinburgh Award
What is the DofE?
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a DofE Award. Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To achieve each one participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning and training.
“Our year 11 leavers have just completed their D of E Bronze award, finishing off their Expedition module with a successful trip to the Peak District, Hathersage. They had to endure two days of walking and exploring in the hill, with an over night stay at a campsite. They used Stoves to cook their meals and worked together to put up Tents as shelter for the night. This required great independence, with team work being key. They showed a great deal of self-motivation and determination to learn these life skills and develop as young people”. – Howard Dodds, D of E Leader.