Duke of Edinburgh
UPDATE RE. CORONAVIRUS 18 MARCH 2020
I appreciate that during this unsettling time it raises many questions regarding the ability of students to complete their Bronze DofE award. Following guidance from both the Government and GLF Schools, we of course do not expect students to continue with activities such as volunteering in public places or perhaps attending the gym for their physical. I am seeking further guidance from DofE South East on how we may proceed but it is of course difficult to say how long we will be in this situation. Please do encourage students to get up to date with any evidence not yet uploaded to their eDofE page and perhaps encourage them to go for a walk in the countryside where possible, safe to do so and within the ‘social distancing’ guidelines.
It is worth noting that The National Trust are keeping many of their parks and gardens open (not cafes/houses/retail) and free to the public to allow people to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing and be outside in nature! Please do have a look on the link to explore local options. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
For now please see FAQs from DofE below and do have a look at their website for any updates on what students can do at home to keep their award going! https://www.dofe.org/thelatest/the-dofe-and-covid-19/
Some participants want to change their activities to ones they can do on their own / at home. Is this ok?
Yes, this is fine. DofE programmes allow young people to change from one activity to another at any point. In these unique circumstances, it’s likely that many participants will choose to do this, and we’ll be sharing ideas on how young people can safely carry on with elements of their DofE programme in the next few days.
Some of the other organisations my participants are involved with for their DofE activities (i.e. charities they’re volunteering with) are stopping their activity as part of their coronavirus response. What can they do instead to make sure they achieve their Award?
We’re working on a list of activities that participants can do from home, which will shortly be published at dofe.org/coronaactivitytips. We’ll let the DofE network know as soon as we’ve got ideas published there.
As always if you have any questions or need further guidance re eDofE/logins etc. please do let me know.
At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. We are currently offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 and 10 students.
What does DofE mean to your child?
It is a fun adventure and it takes them out of their comfort zone. They have a chance to discover new talents and build strong friendships. They grow in confidence and resilience and develop important skills that colleges and employers are very keen to see in young people. Research says that students with a DofE award are much more likely to get a job in the future and to get a place at college.
The 4 Sections:
- Physical - They have to complete a length of time in a physical activity (sport, dance, gym, martial arts etc.)
- Skill - They have to complete a length of time learning a new skill (musical instrument, maths leader, photography etc.)
- Volunteering - They have to volunteer for a certain length of time (helping at a charity shop, helping younger groups at cubs, guides; taking on some environmental work etc.) We also have some volunteering opportunities around school. It should not be volunteering doing work that other people are paid to do.
- The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they navigate and walk as a group and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, both after school and on one Sunday, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition, cooking and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks: a short one around Caterham after school and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics. All of these events are compulsory for DofE students. Parents will be asked to bring participants to the beginning of these events but collection will usually be from school.
Kit is expensive so we provide most of the kit you will need for DofE. The Duke of Edinburgh himself is adamant that this is an inclusive award so there is funding for anyone who might qualify for support. Previous injuries or existing conditions should also be no barrier to participating. Special dispensations are regularly given to participants to make the process accessible for all. Here is the Exped kit list that all students will need for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Here is the Day Walk kit list that all students will need for the day walk. Here is the Sunday Training Day Kit List that all students will need for the training day.
How to Apply
An application form will be distributed to students via their SAM groups. They will need to apply, telling us about their previous experience and hobbies, how they intend to complete their skill, volunteering and physical section and why they are ready and should be chosen for this challenge. They will then have an interview. Again, they should prepare for this interview by researching and deciding what they will do for their three sections, (there are some ideas in the links below) and by being ready to explain why they want to do DofE. We will be looking for the following criteria: Enthusiasm for DofE; Organisation of the Sections; Evidence of previous commitment (so whether they are likely to stay the course); Attitude to life. Please practice this with them so that they are more confident. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not.
Those who do not get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley or with Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD) in Dorking.
With any questions please email Miss Bailey at: email@example.com
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Click here to visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.
The benefits of 'keeping busy', meeting and working with others and accomplishing new challenges are proven to have positive impact on well being. Please see the ideas listed within this link on how to broaden experience and have fun.
We offer students in Years 9 and 10 the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but there are ideas here available for all young people to engage with to develop their understanding of the world around them and their role within in it.