Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a well established programme of challenges open to young people from Year 9 in school. Young people have until the age of 25 to complete their Award. The DofE is not an organisation but a programme of challenging leisure and free time activities to aid in a young person’s personal development. The DofE is flexible to meet the needs of the individual and is achievable by all young people.
What we do:
- The challenges for Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE are based on activities that the young person chooses from a range described on www.DofE.org. All programmes include an expedition and at Gold level a residential.
- Young people can take part at a local DofE centre. If you are unsure about where your nearest centre is please contact us at [email protected] or look take a look on the Opportunity Finder at www. dofe.org
- DofE is inclusive of all young people. Our guiding principles are Non Competitive, Balanced, Achievable by All, Voluntary, Personal Development, Personalised, Progressive, Achievement, Commitment and Enjoyable
- Young people create a personalised programme which includes a Skill, Physical Activity and Volunteering. They will also take part in a journey which offers a challenge, their Expedition. Expeditions can be tailored to individual and group need.
- Most DofE centres are in schools and colleges. Young people can also access DofE through Open Centres. www.opendofe.org
Our users say:
“I feel really happy and proud of my achievement. I just feel really good. It makes me feel like I can get out more and do stuff. Before DofE, I was in my room quite a lot and now I have done it, I just want to do more.”
Age Range: 14–25
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For more information, and to read about how to access this service, visit:Local Offer webpage
Please see below supportive documents, letters and flyers
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities DofE Best Practice Forum
DofE Frequently Asked Question
Young Person Flyer 2016
DofE Widgit Resource
DofE Parents Guide 2016
DofE Parent Letter - Virtual Centre