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The Duke of Edinburgh scheme enables young people, from all backgrounds, to build a range of skills and experiences to reach their full potential and navigate life’s challenges in a global community’. DofE is 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. Students will use curriculum time and their own time to attempt to complete the four sections – physical, skills, volunteering and the expedition.

All about the Bronze Award

Ideas for each section

Duke of Edinburgh Website

Duke of Edinburgh Sections

With assistance from our DofE Leader pupils select and set objectives in each of the following sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community. (NB: Volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.)

  • 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 complete an additional fifth residential trip, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

Bronze Award

  • Volunteering – 3 months

  • Skills – 3 months

  • Physical Recreation – 3 months

  • An additional 3 months must be undertaken in any of the above sections

  • Expedition – 2 days/1 night

Silver Award

  • Volunteering – 6 months

  • Skills and Physical Recreation (3 months for one/6 months for the other)

  • Direct entrants must undertake an additional 6 months in either the Service or the longer (Skills or Physical Recreation) Section.

  • Expedition – 3 days/2 nights.

Benefits to Duke of Edinburgh

– Self-belief
– Self confidence
– A sense of identity
– Independence of action and thought
– A sense of responsibility
– An awareness of their potential
– New talents and abilities
– An understanding of strengths and weaknesses
– Ability to plan and use time effectively
– Ability to learn from and give t others in the community
– New relationships
– Skills including problem solving, communication and presentation
– Ability to lead and work as a team

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