The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an amazing opportunity for students to participate in something completely different.
The scheme is run for 13 to 24 year olds, and offers an opportunity to take part in activities that students might never have thought of doing before, as well as giving individuals an opportunity to celebrate their talents. The real focus of the award however is the focus on students to take responsibility for the planning, delivery and completion of activities.
Kingsbury currently runs the bronze level award which is the entry level. Students can start the award in Year 9. On successful completion they can move onto the Silver award in Year 10.
At Bronze level the award is split into 4 sections. The 3 independent sections are called skills, volunteering and physical. Two of these sections must be completed for 1 hour a week for 3 months, with the other section being completed for 6 months. The final section is expedition. Students complete compulsory training each week after school or during training days and plan their weekend expedition.
Demanding. Stimulating. DofE is an ideal way for people to do something different, and to develop a skill set that will help them deal with the future challenges of life. Looking at the pictures from the expeditions, it also seems to be a huge amount of fun!