To achieve the Bronze DofE Award your son/daughter must commit to complete a personal programme of activities in 4 sections. The sections are:-
- 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.
The DofE suggest that each activity must be undertaken for an average of 1 hour per week, excluding the expedition section. A list of possible activities for each section can be found in the resources box below. Pupils must spend 3 months on 2 of their activities and 6 months on the other. We would suggest that the pupils continue to do an activity they may already be involved in, for example an after school club or a weekend hobby/activity - it is not necessary to begin 3 brand new activities just to complete the DofE.
As a school we organise the expedition section for the pupils. Routes for these expeditions will be published nearer the time. Expeditions normally take place in April/May. For a Bronze Award the pupils must undertake two expeditions - one as a practice and one as a qualifier. The expeditions consist of two days walking and one night camping (in a campsite). Expedition information and resources can be found below.
To complete the award, pupils must first register with on eDofE (the Duke of Edinburgh's official website) and upload information regarding their physical, skill and volunteering activities. When they have completed their activity for either 3 or 6 months they must produce an assessor's report and upload this to eDofE. This will then be submitted to the local authority for approval and, if successful, a Bronze badge and certificate will be sent to the school. More information on completing the award can also be found below.
- Enrolment for the new Bronze 2017-18 pupils has begun! Please fill in the enrolment form (copy can be found to the right of this box) and enclose a cheque or cash for £20 to enrol with eDofE. Payment can also be made via Parent Pay.
There have been a number of changes made to the running of expeditions this year and it is important that parents and pupils are aware of and agree to these changes.
As a result of this, in the box to the right hand side you will find a copy of QCHS Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Procedures, a letter detailing Remote Supervision Procedures and a copy of our Behaviour Code of Conduct.
In addition to familarising yourself with these documents, both parents and pupils must sign and return the acknowledgement letter. Failure to sign and return these documents will result in your son/daughter not being able to participate in the expedition.
The first step in completing the DofE award is to choose activities for the 3 sections: Physical, Skill and Volunteering. Some ideas for each section are given below and in the resources section you will find a rather exhaustive list from the DofE website. If your son/daughter has an activity in mind but is unsure if it would be suitable please ask Miss Ness.
Volunteering:- undertaking service to individuals or the community. (Volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.) Examples:
- Raising money for a cancer charity
- Being a football coach at the local youth club
- Helping at an after-school club for younger kids
- Running a recycling project in their local housing estate
- Being an active member of a youth council or forum.
Physical:- improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. Examples:
- Playing table tennis regularly at their youth club
- Taking part in after-school basketball lessons
- Joining a local athletics club and competing for their area
- Improving their karate skills and gaining the next belt
- Taking weekly dance lessons at a local club.
Skills:- developing practical and social skills and personal interests. Examples:
- Learning how to juggle
- Taking music lessons and gaining a higher grade
- Compiling a book on the fashions of the last decade
- Learning about today’s digital lifestyle, creating a video and posting it online
- Being an active member of a Young Enterprise group at their college.
Two of these sections must be completed for 3 months and one activity for 6 months. When pupils are choosing an activity they must choose someone who will act as an assessor. The role of the assessor is to verify that the activity has been completed and comment on the progression/development shown by the participant. The assessor can be a teacher, a family friend or coach to name but a few but he/she cannot be a family member. When the 3 or 6 months is over, the participant should hand their assessor a page from their DofE welcome pack to complete a short paragraph to be uploaded to eDofE. Pupils will be shown in class how to do this.