The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people aged 14-24. As well as being a great opportunity for your child to try new activities or gain recognition for the things they are doing already, it really helps them to stand out from the crowd when it comes to job and college interviews.
It gives them something to put on their CV, lots to talk about at an interview and it also shows that they’ve developed lots of the skills that employers are looking for. The award is highly valued and recognised by colleges, universities and employers around the world. You can find out more by visiting the official website.
Three Levels of Award
Bronze Award: Offered to students in Years 9,10 and 11;
Silver Award: Offered to students in Years 10, 11, 12 & 13*;
Gold: (16+) Not currently offered at Newton Abbot College
*Please note, students do not have to have done their Bronze Award in order to do Silver.
THere are four main sections to the Award that need completing and documenting:
- Volunteering: helping others;
- Skills: developing personal interests;
- Physical: encouraging physical fitness and an active lifestyle;
- Expeditions: undertaking an adventurous journey in a group.
To find out more ideas for each section, you can visit the Duke of Edinburgh official website.
In order for a student to become involved, they will need to attend organised enrolment meetings and fill out paperwork organised by the College's Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator (Miss Martin, PE Department).
There is a cost involved in participating, which can be made via sQuid.
If there are any concerns regarding payment (and if your child is in receipt of free school meals), please contact Miss Martin on 01626 367 335 to discuss.
Benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
There are many personal benefits to be gained from participating in the Award. These include:
- Self belief;
- A sense of identity;
- A sense of responsibility;
- The ability to plan and use time effectively;
- Improving skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
- An understanding of strengths and weaknesses;
- An awareness of their potential;
- New friendships;
- The ability to lead and work as part of a team;
- The ability to learn from and give to others in the community;
Where can I find our more?
To find our more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award, please visit their official website and contact Miss Martin for more details.
The College's Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator is Miss Martin. She is available on 01626 367 335 or at firstname.lastname@example.org