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Moor End Academy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE Charity

Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 300,000 people aged 14-24 every year.  Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to take part in our programmes and succeed, regardless of any barriers.  We help instil a sense of adventure and have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.

Our mission

To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise  their achievements.

DofE programmes

Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. 

  • 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, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.

Why join

The DofE 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 for work and friendship groups. And you’ll have a brilliant time doing it.

Looking forward, colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly. Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time.  Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed.  The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike.  Completing a DofE programme develops young people for life and work, it develops resilience, confidence and  a ‘can do’ attitude as well as the social and communication skills.

Criteria for Bronze

Moor End Academy runs the Bronze award for students in years 9 and 10. 

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown.

Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Calendar of Events

Participant meetings Fridays 3.15 to 4.00 in IT4.

Expedition dates:

Monday 1st April 2019 - Expedition training, Little Deer Wood, Mirfield
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 - Expedition training, Little Deer Wood, Mirfield

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