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St Andrew’s &
St Bride’s H.S.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
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The DofE is an Award’s program which gives you
the chance to do something completely new and
improve on things you’re already doing. It takes
you out of your comfort zone and into a place
where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new
experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience,
skills and friendship groups. And you’ll have a
brilliant time doing it.
THE DOFE WAS FOUNDED BY HRH THE
DUKE OF EDINBURGH, IN 1956.
Active participants:
 Awards achieved:
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Over 300,000
111,859 (an increase of 3.3% on
last year)
Bronze:
76,448
 Silver:
25,563
 Gold:
9,848
 New starters:
239,269
 Countries and territories running DofE
programmes:
More than 140
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AWARD LEVELS AND TIMINGS
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There are three levels of programme you can do
which, when successfully completed, lead to a
Bronze, Silver or Gold
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The main differences between them are the
minimum length of time they take to complete,
how challenging they are and the minimum age
you can start.
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Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award
14-25yrs
15-25yrs
15-25yrs
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The DofE requires participants to complete four
different types of activity for those undertaking
Bronze and Silver level awards and five at Gold
level.
Volunteering: undertake service to individuals or the
community. This develops compassion, commitment and
the confidence to make a difference.
Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness
activities. This develops fitness, enjoyment and, depending
on the activity, teamwork.
Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal
interests. This helps young people to realise their unique
potential and gain greater self-esteem.
Expedition: plan, train for, and complete an adventurous
journey in the UK or abroad. This develops teamwork and
leadership, and challenges young people to push
themselves beyond their expectations.
Residential (Gold level only): stay and work away from
home doing a shared activity. Again this challenges young
people, who must work with strangers to achieve a positive
goal.
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Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so
much more than a 'pat on the back'
for completing a programme of
activities. It is recognition of a
young person’s successful journey of
self-discovery and development,
renowned by employers and
universities alike for the qualities
young people have who've achieved
a DofE Award.
 Its balanced programme develops
the whole person - mind, body and
soul, in an environment of social
interaction and team working.
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programme offers skills, confidence
and a view of life that potential
employers, colleges and universities are
looking for.
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Young people taking part in
the award gain invaluable life skills which
help to set them up for a positive future!
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- Alliance & Leicester plc
- Boots plc
- British Energy Group plc
- British Nuclear Fuels plc
- BT Group plc
- Centrica plc
- Civil Service
- Coors Brewing company
- Corus Group
- Diageo plc
- Eurotunnel plc
- Herbert Smith LLp
- Honda (UK) Ltd
- Morrison’s plc
- Michael Page International plc
- Nabarro Nathanson
- Northern Rock plc
- Newcastle Chronicle & journal Ltd
- AGN Shipleys
- Tesco Plc
- 3i Group plc
- Vauxhall Motors Ltd
All are
Major
British
Employers
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These organisations were asked what attributes
and characteristics they valued as key
determinants in the selection of employees. The
following were rated the highest:
leadership,
teamwork, selfmotivation, communication,
confidence, consideration
and the ability to learn.
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The sample was asked what they considered to be the
most important activities undertaken at school and
were asked to rate 30 activities from 1-5, with 1 being
the highest:
Average Ratings in Rank order of importance (Top 10)
1 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (‘DofE’) 1.96
2 Work experience 2.00
3 Community activities 2.04
4 World Challenge 2.16
5 Young Enterprise 2.20
6 Team Sporting activities 2.28
7 Youth Awards 2.28
8 Public Speaking/Debating 2.32
9 County/National teamsports 2.36
10 Interview skills 2.44
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“Doing my DofE is one of the best experiences I’ve
had in my life. It has helped me to overcome my
fears and made me realise I can to do more things
than I thought I could. The DofE is important
because it allows people of all abilities to take
part, develop skills and achieve. It was an
amazing experience that I will never forget.”
Toni Ann Wood, Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder
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“Volunteering has been my favourite part of the
DofE and has given me a purpose.”
Kyle, Bronze & Silver Award holder
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