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Yewlands Academy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Yewlands Academy is pleased to continue running the Duke of Edinburgh scheme as an extra-curricular opportunity. The school has received applications from over 30 students from Year 9 in 2021 to complete the Bronze Award. 

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a nationally recognised award that rewards participants for achieving personal goals. Mr Breward has taken responsibility for delivery of the course. Mr Breward believes “extracurricular activities are vital to an enjoyable and successful time at school. It is great for staff to witness students achieving outside of the classroom.” 

To be successful, pupils must achieve personal targets including volunteering, an individual skill, a physical activity, and an expedition. Pupils must use their own initiative to complete these targets, and are challenged to complete the expedition under ‘remote supervision’; they are not directly supervised by staff at all stages, although staff are present if required. 

The Duke of Edinburgh award encourages many essential life skills including; 

  • Independence 
  • Motivation 
  • Social Awareness and skills 
  • Team working skills 
  • Health and fitness 
  • Mental well-being 
  • Confidence 

Why do DofE? 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been a British institution for over 65 years now and during that time has become a highly sought-after Award which is widely recognised by British employers and Universities alike. The reason why both employers and Universities have such high regard for the Award are the skills it instils in young people and the level of commitment it demands. 

The skills students develop while undertaking the Award include: 

  • Self-belief 
  • Self-confidence 
  • A sense of identity 
  • Initiative 
  • A sense of responsibility 
  • A real awareness of their strengths 
  • New talents and abilities 
  • The ability to plan and use time 
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community 
  • New friendships 
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills 
  • Leadership and teamworking skills 

The Award achieves this by providing a balanced, non-competitive programme which is voluntary and available to all. 


What is the DofE Award? 

DofE, or Duke of Edinburgh's Award, is a national youth achievement award open to young people up to the age of 24. The popular award is thriving at Yewlands Academy with large numbers of students taking advantage of the school’s involvement in the scheme every year. We have been running a very successful programme for a number of years and are now one of the largest independent providers of the DofE Award in the North of England. The DofE Award consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  

Each level has four sections:  

  • Physical,  
  • Volunteering,  
  • Skill  
  • and Expedition.  

The Gold Award also has a residential component. 

These different activities involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.  

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

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