The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an outstanding initiative aimed at 14 to 24 year olds. It offers young people the opportunity to take part in a highly-regarded, challenging and fulfilling scheme which will not only benefit the awardees but their communities too.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award was founded, and is patroned by Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956. During this time, the scheme has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds and is the widest reaching programme of any UK youth charity with 275,000 young people taking part every year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was recently voted by the United Learning Trust, a consortium of major employers, as the extra-curricular award that they see as most important for potential applicants to have attained at school.
The Award operates across the world in different forms, with the aim of providing an opportunity for young people to learn new skills and develop existing interests in a non-competitive framework. It operates at three levels (bronze, silver and gold) and tests across four disciplines (Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition).
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at WES
DofE has been running at WES for the past 4 years, and has gained huge popularity in the past few years, now becoming a prominent part of school life.
|When can students participate in the Award?||This level of the award is offered to students at the end of Year 8 and undertaken through Year 9, to be completed by the end of the academic year.||This level of the award is offered to students upon completion of the Bronze Award, and will be undertaken through Year 10, to be completed by the end of the academic year||This level of the award is offered to students upon completion of the Silver Award. This award will begin during Year 11 and the expedition will be in the summer after their GCSE exams. All other sections will need to be completed by the age of 25, however WES staff will help students plan appropriate timescales to complete this final award level.|
|How much does the Award cost?||£150 per pupil to cover the costs of training, the use of DofE, camp site charges, transport and registration||£150 per pupil to cover the costs of training, the use of DofE, camp site charges, transport and registration||This will vary dependent on where the expedition is completed.|
|What are the timescales for this Award?||Each section must be completed for 1 hour a week
· Volunteering – 3 months
· Physical – 3 months
· Skills – 3 months
All participants must undertake a further 3 months in one section, of student’s choice.
|Each section must be completed for 1 hour a week.
· Volunteering – 6 months
· Physical & Skill – One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months, of students choice
|Each section must be completed for 1 hour a week
· Volunteering – 12 months
· Physical & Skill – One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months, of students choice
A new addition at Gold award is the residential section. This is where students have to undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 nights and 4 days.
|How long will the expedition take?||Students will have to plan, train for an undertake a 2 day, 1 night practice expedition AND assessment expedition||Students will have to plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night practice expedition AND assessment expedition||Students will have to plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night practice AND assessment expedition|
In order to complete the award, participants must complete three sections once a week conforming to the timescales of the Award. These are:
· Physical (participating in a physical activity at least once a week)
· Skill (learning a skill at least once a week)
· Volunteering (being involved in an activity that benefits others once a week)
For students participating in the Bronze Award, programmes being organised during Mondays Period 6, as part of the Community and Enrichment scheme, will be accepted under the Duke of Edinburgh Award. These weekly sessions, which students had choices in at the end of Year 8, will set students up in some of these disciplines and guide them in their weekly hour commitments so that the award would be completed by the end of the academic year.