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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Intent

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is a nationally recognised award that supports the school's commitment to offering high quality learning outside of the classroom and complements our broad curriculum.

Our Vision

We will encourage our pupils to complete this course because it provides opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.

 

Implementation

Our pupils will focus on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award from Year 9 upwards. The award comprises the three basic elements of discovery, exploration and conservation of wild places.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award then focuses these elements into:

  • 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.

 

Impact

Our pupils will benefit from discovering a series of values aligned to those of our school:

  • A sense of achievement

  • New skills and interests, self-confidence and self-reliance, exciting opportunities

  • Leadership skills and abilities

  • Experience of teamwork and decision making.

 

Pupils will experience activities that they may never have considered trying before, and along the way, they will pick up talents and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  During the programme pupils will develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults with qualities that colleges and employers value.  When our pupils pursue their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, they are investing in their future to become resilient, productive and employable young adults.

 

Next Steps

The program began in Spring Term 2021. The AQA unit awards our pupils undertake will also form the basis of the volunteering section for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Physical and Skills sections are two other requirements for the DoE Award. The activities to enable completion will complement the existing enrichment timetable of PE, Sport, Leisure and Preparing for Adult Life. Again, where appropriate, we will continue to seek accreditation under the AQA Unit Award Scheme. Pupils are required to complete set numbers of hours in each element and we will timetable to ensure that this is achievable. The expedition section of the award will be completed during the second half of the Summer term in accordance with restrictions at the time.