Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is about developing young people’s skills for life and work. In addition to literacy and numeracy skills, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the CBI define the skills and attitude that make someone employable as: Self-management, Problem solving, Team working and Communication. These skills are all tested and developed during the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. As the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme website says “Having a positive attitude is also an incredibly important attribute in every industry, a ‘can do’ approach underpins success in working life by helping you to be resilient and adapt to changing situations around you.”
Bronze and Silver Awards
At Ewell Castle School we offer pupils aged 14+ the opportunity to undertake the Bronze and Silver levels. Students achieve their award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections; volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. Students must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the volunteering, physical and skills sections, and plan, prepare and undertake a 2 day (1 night) expedition. Students also have to spend an extra three months on one of the volunteering, physical or skills sections.
Students sign up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Scheme for many reasons. Here is a selection of some of them; because it’s a real adventure, because it’s fun, because if they pass they’ll receive an award, because they can include it on their UCAS personal statement, to meet new people, to help their community, to become fitter and healthier.
For further details on the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, visit http://www.dofe.org/
Challenge yourself and sign up now!