WHAT IS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (often referred to as DofE), is available to 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life.
Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. The Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development, if they choose to take up the challenge!
THE AWARD FRAMEWORK
The Award has three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and four sections (Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey). Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.
At King Richard III College many students successfully complete their awards at all levels. In Year 10, students are given the opportunity to complete their Bronze award and in Years 12 & 13, students can go for Silver or Gold awards. The award programme is led by 3 teachers who are highly experienced, qualified and authorised to deliver the award at all levels.
Are you WORLD READY?
Encourages young people to volunteer their own time to, and understand the benefits of, service to their community.
Encourages the development of personal interests and new practical and social skills.
Encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.
Encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.
The journey is an expedition which must be a challenge. The aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.