At Durham School we offer The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to pupils over the ages of 14. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a nationally run scheme that aims to develop the self-confidence and skills for life of young people. Through individual challenges, each award offers a balanced, non-competitive programme of activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to the community. In order to gain an award a pupil must show improvement through persistence and achievement.
The demands placed on pupils becoming involved in the DofE scheme increase as they progress through the awards; however the type of activity that each pupil concentrates on is chosen by each individual, ensuring that they are interested in the activity and are likely to succeed.
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The Benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Universities and future employers are often keen to interview candidates who have gained Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, because they know that such involvement means a young person is proactive and may have developed a whole host of skills.
The Award Scheme
For each award, pupils must complete challenges in 4 sections for Bronze and Silver and 5 sections for their Gold award.
Volunteering- pupils offer service to individuals or the community. This can range from teaching younger pupils to read, visiting the elderly, working in a charity shop, assisting leading a sports team.
Skill - this essentially means a hobby. It encourages discovery and development of practical and social skills and personal interests. Eg. Learning to cook, learning to officiate a sport
Physical Recreation - Encourages participation/improvement in physical activity. Eg. Regular participation in a sports team, regular fitness training, regular participation in an outdoor activity.
Expedition - this encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery. The Expedition usually takes place in wild country, during which small groups of pupils must navigate themselves across the countryside and also camp overnight, unassisted by adults. Training for the expedition is completed during the winter months, with practice and assessed expeditions taking place between April and October. Our expeditions usually take place in Weardale, North Yorkshire and the Lake District.
Residential (Gold level only) – this broadens young people’s experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting for at least four nights.
Duke of Edinburgh Leaders and Support in School
The Durham School Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is organised and run on a voluntary basis by Durham School staff. All training is completed ‘in house’ and delivered through a series of after school workshops which take place on a half termly basis.
Our Award Scheme Co-ordinator is Mr P Sturt firstname.lastname@example.org