Duke of Edinburgh

What is the DofE?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a D of E Award.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

There are three progressive levels of D of E programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. At Rushey Mead we offer the Bronze Award to our Year 10 students.

Students must have at least their Stage 1 Leadership badge and must be able to demonstrate leadership skills and experience. Applications are at the start of the Autumn term and training sessions will usually begin after half term in November.

In order to achieve the Award participants need to complete a programme of activities in four sections that involve helping the community/environment (volunteering), becoming fitter (physical), developing new skills (skills), planning, training for and completing 2 expeditions.

With the help of DofE Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It's not a competition or about being first. It's all about self-development.

In order to achieve the Bronze Award students must attend all of the training sessions, plan and prepare for a practice expedition (usually in April/May) and complete an assessed expedition (usually in June/July).

Rushey Mead is a Licensed Organisation and participants must pay £100 for a Participation Place. This fee includes registration with E DofE (an online recording and reporting system), the cost of the expeditions, the assessors’ costs and all resources. This fee is non-returnable.

On completion of the expeditions students will be expected to present an assembly at the start of Year 11 to the new Year 10s about their experience. Once this has been completed and all reports have been submitted online participants will gain their Bronze Award.

If you would like further information about the D of E Award please click here to go to the D of E website: http://www.dofe.org

If you require specific information about the D of E at Rushey Mead Academy please email [email protected]