Duke of Edinburgh
What is the DofE?
The DofE Award is a programme that encourages self-development and offers the opportunity for young people of all abilities to discover new interests, talents, to develop essential skills for life and work in a fun and non-competitive way. The DofE Award Scheme is recognised and respected by employers and college providers.
The DofE has three progressive Awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. There are age restrictions to being able to start each Award, but they can be worked upon until 24 years old, so there is no rush!
Within each Award, there are four sections: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition. They are designed to provide young people with the chance to set personal challenges and achieve their own goals.
DofE Award at Tettenhall Wood:
Tettenhall Wood School proudly became a Duke of Edinburgh Licenced Organisation following the introduction of the DofE into our curriculum in September 2019. We have worked hard to make the DofE Award accessible for our older students in addition to their vocational curriculum.
We currently have 23 students enrolled onto the Bronze Award from Momentum, Horizon and Fusion classes who have weekly lessons on our timetable. During our lessons on a Wednesday, we are presently completing our Volunteering section by addressing some environmental issues and upcycling old items. We have also been working on our Expedition skills by learning basic First Aid skills and map reading. Within their Home Living lessons, students are completing their Skills section by undertaking independent living skills. Some of the work we have completed includes, learning how to store food items safely, budgeting, using timetables and staying safe when using the internet. The Physical section is being completed within the weekly PE session, with some students completing a mile walk within school each week to help improve their fitness. Students are encouraged to include any external clubs or groups that they belong to outside of school to count towards the relevant sections.