THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.
It is a balanced programme of activities which develops the mind, body and soul in an environment of social interaction and team working.
It allows students to develop:
An awareness of their potential
New talents and abilities
An understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses
The ability to plan and use time effectively
The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
The ability to lead and work as part of a team
The award involves 4 sections (5 at Gold level):
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
At Gold level: participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity
Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections need to be undertaken for a minimum of one hour per week, for a pre determined number of months. The activities can be done as part of an organised group or individually.
In Year 10:
Students get the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Award. Support is provided in school by the DofE Team to ensure students are able to complete and log evidence for the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections. Training is also provided to enable students to undertake the expedition section. Practice and assessed expeditions are organised and run through school in Term 3 of Year 10.
In Year 12:
Students are able to participate in the Gold Award. Again, support is provided in school by the DofE Team to ensure students are able to complete and log evidence for the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections. Ideas and support are provided to organise the residential placements and training is provided for the expedition section. Practice and assessed expeditions are organised and run through school in Term 3 of Year 12. Due to the necessary time commitments, the Gold award is completed by students over the course of Year 12 and Year 13.
Our DofE Team at Sacred Heart: