St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Duke of Edinburgh

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award all about?

A Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be over the age of 14 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

Levels

You can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold. These all lead to a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. A nationally recognised qualification.

Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skill
  • Expedition

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

If you need any further information, talk to your Duke of Edinburgh Leader in school, Mr Watson. If you’ve decided to complete an award then find out more info on getting started, choosing your activities and how to complete your award on the Duke of Edinburgh website www.dofe.org

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How do I get started?

At St James's we run the Bronze Award in Year 10 and the Silver Award in Year 11. Once you have reached these year groups Mr Watson will be in touch.

What happens next?

You will receive a Welcome Pack with lots of helpful info. eDofE is where you log your progress through your award programme, and is what your Leader checks and approves when you’ve completed your activity in each section.  

Once completed

When you achieve your Award you’ll receive a badge and certificate. You call also use your evidence in eDofe to create an Achievement Pack. There is a celebration assembly at school with your year group and a Presentation Evening.

Summary of Awards:

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.

Volunteering Section

Volunteering gives you the chance to make a difference to people’s lives and use your skills and experience to help your local community. You can use this opportunity to become involved in a project or with an organisation that you care about.

Skills Section

Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.

Physical Section

Doing physical activity is fun and improves your health and physical fitness. There’s an activity to suit everyone so choose something you are really interested in.

Expedition Section

Have an adventure, work as a team and act on your own initiative. The school runs all of its expeditions on routes that are both challenging and suitable. The Bronze Award uses sites in Lancashire and the Silver Award uses sites in Lancashire and Anglesey.