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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

A 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 achieve from undertaking a DofE Award.

There are three levels of programme which, upon successful completion, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award being issued. The main differences between each level are the minimum length of time it takes to complete and the minimum age a participant can begin. Click here for further information.

 

 

Volunteering SECTION 

The Volunteering Section is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. Volunteering for a Duke of Edinburgh's Award must not be done for a business, but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

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PHYSICAL SECTION 

For your Physical Section you need to choose any sport, dance or fitness activity – in short, anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. A local sports team or a P.E extracurricular activity after school are just a few examples.

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SKILLS SECTION 

For your Skills Section you need to choose an activity that will allow you to broaden your understanding and increase your expertise in your chosen skill. This may entail learning to play a musical instrument or how to cook a number of traditional meals from scratch.

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Residential section (GOLD Award) 

At Gold Level participants are required to undertake an additional Residential Section. This involves spending five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. Examples include the National Citizen Service (NCS) or supporting a Scout residential camp.

Click here for a guide on choosing a Residential activity.           

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Click here for specific guidance on completing an Assessors Report for the Residential Section.

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Expedition Section
 

The Expedition section entails participants planning, training for and completing an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim.

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Participants undertake at least one practice expedition before a qualifying assessment expedition.

How long does my expedition need to be?

 A participant must meet the 20 Conditions of the Expedition Section in order to pass successfully.

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Condition 14 requires a participant to have the necessary physical fitness, first aid and expedition skills required to complete their expedition safely. First aid and expedition skills are undertaken as part of the Expedition Training at school.

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Condition 17 requires a participant to understand and adhere to the Countryside Code.

The Expedition Section is managed by Haydon School in partnership with BXM Expeditions - an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

EXPEDITION Dates 2021/22
 

The dates for all Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Expeditions during the 2021/22 academic year are below.

Bronze Award

Training Day - 05 February 2022

Training (Practice) Expedition - 05-06 March 2022 

Assessment Expedition - 19-20 March 2022 

Silver Award: 

Training Day - 05 February 2022

Practice Expedition - 02-04 April 2022

Assessment Expedition - 30 April - 02 May 2022

Gold Award:

Training Day - 05 February 2022

Practice Expedition - 04-08 July 2022 

Assessment Expedition - 18-22 July 2022

Expedition Kit Checklist  

To ensure you have the essential kit for the Expedition Section of your Award please see the online Expedition Kit Checklist and Expedition Kit Slide. ​​

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eDofE Support 

A participant can access eDofE online here. For support in using eDofE, including uploading Activity details and photo evidence, please see the eDofE User Guide for Participants or the videos below.

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Download the DofE app to start, manage and complete your programme. This is a convenient way to update eDofE as well as upload evidence and Assessors Reports!

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If you have forgotten your eDofE username or password (or both) contact Mr Harding.

Assessors Reports 

Upon completion of the Volunteering, Physical, Skills or Residential section an Assessors Report is required to be completed and uploaded onto eDofE. 

For guidance on how to complete an Assessors Report see the Assessors Report Guide.

If completing an Assessors Report online please ensure your ID number is issued to your Assessor. Your ID number is located on the top left of your eDofE homepage once logged in.

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Download a summary of what to include in your report, and some example reports here.

For further information, including how to enrol onto your Duke of Edinburgh's Award, please contact:

Mr Harding - Duke of Edinburgh's Award Manager

Email: dofe@haydonschool.org.uk

Office: Room 80A