The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

For 60 years now the Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been available to young people aged 14 to 25.
At The Appleton School we have run the Duke of Edinburgh's Award since 2012.

During the award, students are involved in undertaking some community volunteering work, learning a new skill, some physical recreation and the ever-popular expeditions. At The Appleton School, we offer students the opportunity to complete their Bronze Award during Year 10. If students wish to work towards their Silver or Gold Award, then they can do so in one of the local Open Centres. In order to take part in the Award, students will be expected to commit to attending training sessions after school one day a fortnight.

DofE BRONZE AWARD

A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections;
• Volunteering
• Physical
• Skills
• Expedition

You need be in Year 10 start a Bronze programme and you must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) expedition.

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It's your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you're going to do it for will help you to set your aims for the sections.

The expeditions take place locally in Essex, where it is easy to navigate whilst also allowing students to experience the joy of spending time in the countryside.

Frequently Asked Questions for DofE

How do I find or reset my eDofE user name and password?

Participants often forget login details for their eDofE account. It is important that you remember the email address that you set the account up with.

What evidence do I need to complete a section of the Award? How do I upload evidence to eDofE?

You can add as much evidence as you like for examples videos and pictures of you doing your activities but the minimum is two pieces of evidence and an Assessor's report for every section. When your Assessor's evidence has been uploaded to your account then you need to submit it for approval if you uploaded it. If your Assessor uploaded it then it will already have been approved by our DofE Leader and will come into your account automatically.

What does an Assessors report look like or contain?

Your Assessors Report

An Assessor report for each section is mandatory for every participant. You can provide a report in many different ways:

Online

To enter your report online, visit www.DofE.org/assessors and follow the instructions. You will need the participant's name, their eDofE ID number, their DofE level and the section you have assessed.

On paper

Please fill in your comments in their Keeping Track booklet and hand it back to the young person, who will scan it and upload it. You can also supply a certificate, letter etc. for them to scan or upload.

What should my Assessor's report contain?

Participant's name The activity undertaken The dates they did their activity A short complimentary report about their achievements Your name, role (and qualifications if necessary) Assessors Report Template

Below are examples of acceptable Assessor Reports. With all reports there must be a signature or some form of verification whether a letter head or official company logo for the evidence to be valid.

(Participant Name) has been taking part in... (name and details of activity).

(Participant Name) started on... (date started) and has been a regular participant until... (date finished).

Throughout this time (Participant name) has undertaken... (short complimentary report regarding achievements on activity e.g. Physical- has improved fitness and skill during regular football training, Skill- has achieved next Music grade for regular attendance and practice, Volunteering- has become part of the wider School community due to helping with Yr7 reading mentor scheme.)

Signed

(Assessors Signature, role and qualifications if required)

How do I get my Award?

Before you can receive your award all sections of the award must be completed and sent for approval. First of all this is checked and verified by the School’s DofE Coordinator who will then send your evidence to the DofE office for final approval. Once this has been completed you will receive your award at a presentation evening held at School in early October. If you have any queries regarding The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award please contact Lesley Glover via info@theappletonschool.org or by using the Enquiry Form on the "school" link in the Contact tab above.