Queen Elizabeth School

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised achievement for young people to demonstrate their skills, abilities, resilience and commitment. 

The three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, increase in length and expectation as they progress. At QES the Award is very popular with 150 pupils involved across the Awards each year taking advantage of this opportunity. The document below shows the timescales required for each section.

Bronze Award

The Bronze Award is an excellent introduction to the scheme, very popular with our Year 9 and Year 10 pupils. Pupils start working towards their Bronze Award from the summer of Year 9, completing their Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections before expeditions in the Spring of Y10.

Please note Year 9 applications are now closed – please email m.brooks@qes.org.uk with any queries.

Individual sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill

Pupils need to be organised and committed, especially sorting out their sections. Many will already be doing a suitable Skill and/or Physical, but most will need to think carefully about an appropriate Volunteering activity and their Assessors for each section. These are many possibilities suggested by the DofE, check the ‘programme ideas’ on the DofE website www.dofe.org/do/ and those listed below. Activities should be for an hour a week for the designated months.

eDofE

eDofE is the online system the Award uses to administer the different sections of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Once registered pupils will get a log on username and password and are expected to input their programme planners for each section and when completed, their assessor reports. Awards can only be gained if these are completed correctly. Assessor reports can be completed on paper, using the participation booklet and then uploaded as a photo, or directly online, for more details and guidance see the documents below.

Expeditions

Expeditions are a key part of the Award and this section is organised and led by school staff. Expedition training happens over 8 weeks of the Autumn and Spring term after school for an hour a week so that Year10 pupils can
complete their Bronze expeditions safely and responsibly.

Expeditions focus on pupil independence and self-sufficiency, taking place in our local area to take advantage of the ‘wild country’, to minimise transport and costs and to allow parents to drop off and collect pupils at the beginning and end of expeditions. It is essential that pupils realise that school expeditions are only available to those who have completed each of their 3 sections with assessor reports having been approved on eDofE.

Applications

Please complete the application form and email to Mr Brooks, or bring a hard copy into school. Please do be aware of the level of commitment required to complete the Award. It is an internationally recognised and regulated achievement that demonstrates an individual’s abilities and skills to work in demanding situations. Please consider carefully the activities for each of the 3 sections and make sure you have checked with an appropriate assessor (no family members please).

Cost

The Award is extracurricular and so must cover all its costs within school. The cost of the Bronze Award is £175. Of this £30 covers the Participation Place from the DofE authority, £45 covers the school costs of staffing and administration of the Award and £100 the cost of running and staffing expeditions and the use of school equipment. If the cost is prohibitive, please do let us know. We can usually include those in receipt of pupil premium; or
otherwise please contact Mrs L Longley – l.longley@qes.org.uk concerning the school Access fund. Please pay on wisepay when completing the application so school can purchase a participation place for the Award from the DofE authority.

Contact

Mr Brooks coordinates all elements of the Award in school.
Contact via email – m.brooks@qes.org.uk or QES school phone – 0152427125. Please do get in touch if necessary.

Further Information

The links below give further information such as the school assembly presentation to the pupils, links to the DofE website, explainers for the different Sections and assessor reports to help you choose appropriate activities, assessors, complete the application and edofe.

Silver Award

The Silver Award is a continuation of the Bronze Award and an excellent qualification in its own right. Pupils can also be a direct entrant without having done Bronze. Pupils start working towards their Silver Award from the summer of Year 10, completing their Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections before qualifying expeditions in the Summer of Y11.

Please note applications are now closed – please email m.brooks@qes.org.uk with any queries.

Individual sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill

Pupils need to be organised and committed, especially sorting out their sections. Many will already be doing a suitable Skill and/or Physical, but most will need to think carefully about an appropriate Volunteering activity and their Assessors for each section. These are many possibilities suggested by the DofE, check the ‘programme ideas’ on the DofE website and listed on Moodle. Activities should be for an hour a week for the designated months, a combination of 6,6,3 with at least 6 months in the volunteering (an extra 6 months in either of the longer sections for direct entrants 12,6,3).

eDofE

eDofE is the online system the Award uses to administer the different sections of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Once registered pupils will get a log on username and password and are expected to input their programme planners for each section and when completed, their assessor reports. Awards can only be gained if these are completed correctly. Assessor reports can be completed on paper, using the participation booklet and then uploaded as a photo, or directly online, for more details and guidance see the documents below.

Expeditions

Expeditions are a key part of the Award and this section is organised and led by school staff.

Expeditions focus on pupil independence and self-sufficiency, taking place in our local area to take advantage of the ‘wild country’, to minimise transport and costs and to allow parents to drop off and collect pupils at the beginning and end of expeditions. Practice expeditions at Silver usually take place in the autumn term in the South Lakes and involve 3 days walking with 2 nights at a ‘base’ campsite; and Qualifyings are usually after school exams in the summer, a 3 day journey in the South Lakes.

Applications

Please complete the application form and email to Mr Brooks, or bring a hard copy into school.

Please do be aware of the level of commitment required to complete the Award. It is an internationally recognised and regulated achievement that demonstrates an individual’s abilities and skills to work in demanding situations. Please consider carefully the activities for each of the 3 sections and make sure you have checked with an appropriate assessor (no family members please).

Cost

The Award is extracurricular and so must cover all its costs within school. The cost of the Silver Award is £200. Of this £30 covers the Participation Place from the DofE authority, £45 covers the school costs of staffing and administration of the Award and £125 the cost of running and staffing expeditions and the use of school equipment. If the cost is prohibitive, please do let us know. We can usually include those in receipt of pupil premium; or otherwise please contact Mrs L Longley – l.longley@qes.org.uk concerning the school Access fund. Please pay on wisepay when completing the application so school can purchase a participation place for the Award from the DofE authority.

Contact

Mr Brooks coordinates all elements of the Award in school.

Contact via email – m.brooks@qes.org.uk or QES school phone – 0152427125. Please do get in touch if necessary.

Further Information

Further information can be accessed from the links below.

Gold Award

We are having to make some changes to the Award in school due to the present issues over Covid 19. My aim and intention is to try as best we can to continue to provide the Award in full. It’s important to realise that if pupils want to achieve the Award they need to start on each of the ‘sections’ as soon as possible.

All enrolment and section information is here, please do read carefully, email Mr Brooks with any queries and complete application and payment by Friday 18 September.

Expeditions

At present schools are not allowed by government guideline to do overnight trips, so we will plan to do both Practice and Qualifying Gold expeditions in the spring and summer of 2021, by which time hopefully guidelines will have changed or other alternatives will be available.

Other sections, Volunteering, Skill, Physical

You may be able to continue with your usual activities, but if not there are lots of ideas and suggestions at https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/activities

We will try to do as much as possible online; wisepay payments, application form emailed to me, parental consent. Pupils, please do come and speak to me in school or email me for any guidance.

All enrolment and section information is here, please do read carefully and email Mr Brooks with any queries.

Further Information

Acknowledge & Close

Year 6 Open Evenings

We will be holding Open Evenings on the following dates:
  • Thursday 16th September
  • Wednesday 22nd September

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