Duke of Edinburgh Award
19th May 2021
We are now able to offer enrolments for Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to our current Year 9 students. Students can still enrol even after the initial enrolment deadlines, please contact Mr Cunningham for further information.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
But there is a pandemic! How on earth will they do their activities safely or while there are restrictions?
Hopefully as national restrictions continue to lift there will once again be a full range of activities available to young people. However, there is a wide range of activities for the physical, skills and volunteering sections that can be done from home. Having positive things to do will keep life interesting and have beneficial effects on physical and mental wellbeing.
It is also possible to change activity in response to changing circumstances with all the time spent on each activity counting towards the total for the section. To see some ideas visit: https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/activities This is by no means an exhaustive list and other things are possible.
What about the expedition section?
We anticipate running an expedition for this cohort in April 2022. From September 2021 we will be doing after school training and preparation. If we find ourselves still subject to restrictions then DofE have introduced several rule changes for groups whose activities are restricted by the current circumstances:
First of all, there is the “Certificate of Achievement” for participants who have completed their volunteering, physical and skills sections but who are unable to do an expedition at the moment. This formally recognises their achievement and allows them to progress to Silver DofE as if they had completed all sections of their Bronze (which influences the required timescales for Silver).
Secondly, there are several allowances for the expedition section currently in force including being able to do expeditions locally, camping on the school grounds or even going home overnight, and combing Bronze qualifying and Silver practice expeditions.
In addition, we have been developing online expedition preparation and training resources that participants will be able to work through over the summer holidays so that we will require a bit less time in school ahead of undertaking an expedition.
The price for enrolment is £77. This covers buying the participation place and welcome pack from DofE, a contribution towards the annual license fee we have to pay to run DofE in college, and contributions towards staff training, maintenance of expedition kit and administration costs.
It is likely that we will need to use an external provider for expeditions in 2022. The likely additional cost for the expedition section is likely to be in the region of £80 - £150
Potential additional costs
Participants arrange, with your support and approval, their own activities for their volunteering, skills and physical sections. There are plenty of possible activities for these sections that are free to do.
For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme please visit the official website at www.dofe.org.
Basic information and FAQs about DofE can be found here.
Please direct enquiries about DofE at Christ's College to
|Mr D Cunninghamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Bronze DofE Expedition June and July 2021
Please see the letter below for full details.
Summary Of Dates And Deadlines
|Deposit||Monday 10th May|
|Initial meeting for participants||Tuesday 18th May 3.15pm - 4.15pm|
|Balance||Friday 28th May|
|Deadline for kit request form and medical form||Monday 7th June|
|Training day 1||Saturday 19th June 9.00am - 4.30pm|
|Training day 2 (Navigation)||Tuesday 22nd June 8.30am - 5.00pm|
|Kit issued||Week commencing 21st June|
|Full kit check||Week commencing 28th June|
|Bronze qualifying expedition||Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th July|
Please complete the Parental Consent and Medical information for your son/daughter here: https://forms.office.com/r/GzBgLHf1Zs