Duke of Edinburgh's Award
We are now able to offer enrolments for Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award to our current Year 9 students.
|By Fri 21st January 2022||Letter sent to Year 9 parents/carers about DofE enrolment|
|Tues 25th January 2022||Parent/Carer information session via TEAMS see below table for all available dates and how to take part.|
|By Tues 1st March 2022||Online form to be completed and £75 enrolment fee to be paid via Wisepay ( this doesn't not include the cost of the expedition)|
|Weds 2nd March 2022||First Year 9 meeting after school|
|March to September 2022||Complete volunteering, skills and physical activities|
|September 2022||In Year 10 start the DofE Silver Award|
Take a look at the Powerpoint presentation shown to students here
There will be some parent/carer information sessions via TEAMS on the following dates
Tuesday 25th January 6pm - 7pm
Thursday 10th February 5pm - 6pm
Wednesday 23rd February (Half term) 4pm – 5pm
Tuesday 8th March Thursday 24th March 6pm - 7pm
The online virtual sessions are general sessions run by DofE South East region, and not specific to the college. They are designed to help you understand how to best support a young person through their DofE Award - there is no need to book. The session includes:
- What DofE is.
- How to get started.
- What to expect.
- What to do to achieve an award
- Where to find help
To attend a session please follow this link: Click here to join the meeting
Alternatively, please copy and paste the below link into your web browser https://surl.ms/A4Q If you are joining the session from a smart phone, you will be required to download the Microsoft Teams App.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh's 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 September 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 £75.00. This covers buying the participation place and welcome pack from DofE, a contribution towards the annual licence 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|