Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories.

At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

At St Thomas More School we will be offering the Bronze Award from September 2017 to years 9 and 10, and Gold award for Year 12 students.

  • You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:
  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities

Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad At Gold level, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity. We recommend taking part in NCS (http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/) for a rewarding yet affordable option.

Bronze criteria to be met to achieve the award:

  • Volunteering, three months,
  • Physical, three months,
  • Skills, three months,
  • Expedition, Plan, train for and complete a two day, one night expedition.

An hour a week must be dedicated to each section of the award for the required time span. At Bronze level, it is expected that students complete their award within 8 months Bronze Award Expedition Training Every Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30pm. These sessions are compulsory in order to ensure that students are trained to the required level to go on expedition.

Bronze programme

 

 

Session   date

Delivery

03-Oct

Choosing   activities, 20 points to an expedition

10-Oct

Introduction   to eDofE

17-Oct

Map   skills 1

31-Oct

Map   skills 2

07-Nov

Preparation   for training walk on 1/11 & country side code

14-Nov

SEF   on training walk - picking your expedition team

21-Nov

Deadline   for drafts on eDofE   & Introduction to Mapping

28-Nov

PRACTICE   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

05-Dec

PRACTICE   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

12-Dec

PRACTICE   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

19-Dec

Routes   & maps to be submitted. Finding Rudolph map activity

09-Jan

Amendment   of routes & updating eDofE on other activities

16-Jan

 Three weeks of Tent pitching, Packing a rucksack and   equipment, Cooking on stoves. TRAINING CAROUSEL

23-Jan

30-Jan

06-Feb

FINAL   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

13-Feb

FINAL   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

27-Feb

FINAL   Route cards & mapping - eDofE

06-Mar

Routes   & maps to be submitted. Creating food menus

13-Mar

Amendment   of routes & updating eDofE on other activities

20-Mar

First   aid 1

27-Mar

First   aid 2 - DEADLINE FOR 2 ACTIVITIES TO BE COMPLETELY SIGNED OFF

17-Apr

First   Aid scenarios & Kit check

24-Apr

PREPARATION   for practice

01-May

Debrief/SEF's   to be done. Create an AIM. DEADLINE FOR 6 MONTH ACTIVITY TO BE COMPLETELY   SIGNED OFF

08-May

PREPARATION   for final

15-May

Debrief   & AIM preparation

22-May

PRESENTATIONS  

 Bronze Expedition Dates for your diary:

  • Saturday 11th November 2017 – Bronze training walk at Hartshill Hayes Country Park
  • Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 - Practice expedition around Twycross area
  • Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th May 2018 – Final expedition around the National Forest, Ashby-De-La-Zouch

All three events must be attended to achieve the expedition section of the award.

Gold criteria to be met to achieve the award: 

  • Volunteering: 12 months,
  • Physical and Skills: One section for 12 months and the other section for six months,
  • Expedition: Plan, train for and complete a four day, three night expedition,
  • Residential: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for five days and four nights.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills section. A direct entrant is a student who has not completed the bronze and silver award

An hour a week must be dedicated to each section of the award for the required time span.

At Gold level, it is expected that students complete their award within 20 months Gold Award Expedition Training .At this level, students are expected to take more ownership of their award; therefore, planning routes and mapping is completed during students independent study time. Gold training sessions are completed within the enrichment section of the timetable.

 

 

Gold   programme for Enrichment lessons

Session

Delivery  

Session 1

Choosing activities and residential   discussion, 20 points to an expedition

Session 2

Introduction to eDofE

Session 3

Map skills 1

Session 4

Map skills 2

Session 5

Routes and mapping on eDofE

Session 6

Tent pitching

Session 7

Cooking   with stoves

Session 8

Packing a rucksack and equipment

  

Gold Expedition Dates for your diary:

  • Friday 16th – Saturday 17th June 2018 -  Training walk for year 12 Gold students at Kinder Scout, Derbyshire Friday
  • 29th June – Monday 2nd July 2018 – Gold expedition around Brecon Beacons  
  • Your Staff Team

  • Mrs Prescot (Leader)

    Mr Bath

    Dr Tomlinson

    Mrs Hacklett

    Mr Megson

To find out more about the DofE Scheme 

www.dofe.org  general information regarding each award level

www.edofe.org access to the login page for students to manage their award