“Our mission – To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.
Our vision – To reach more young people from diverse backgrounds and equip them as individuals to succeed in life.”
Aldersley’s Duke of Edinburgh Department
The Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Amethyst Academies Trust
Having successfully run the Duke of Edinburgh Award to a small number of Key Stage 4 students at the school for many years it was decided to give all students the opportunity to take the award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The Trust became a Direct Licensed Organisation and is now able to deliver the awards independently. Since 2013 there have been over 650 students who have taken the award and at present approximately 90 students per year are enrolling. The pass rate for 2018-19 was 85% which made the Trust the largest organisation offering the award in Wolverhampton and this part of the West Midlands.
Regardless of circumstances, we want our students to leave school well-equipped with the life skills needed to become well-rounded individuals. We aim to encourage thoughtful students, inspire opinionated voices and develop enquiring minds and challenge them to achieve the awards.
All our programmes are driven by the following ten guiding principles, which are at the heart of everything we do:
- Non-competitive – Achievable by all – Voluntary – Personal development – Personalised
- Balanced – Progressive – Achievement focused – Demand commitment – enjoyable
- The Bronze award in Year 9 with expeditions to Cannock Chase and The Long Mynd
- The Silver award in Year 10 with expeditions to Cannock Chase and The Long Mynd/Stiperstones
- The Gold level in Years 12/13 with expeditions to Snowdonia and The Lake District
Year 9 Curriculum – Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
During year 9 students will be able to choose to follow a variety of enrichment activities. One of these is preparing for the Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions.
- How to put up a tent
- How to cook on a trangia stove
- Know what clothing and equipment is needed
- What food is needed
- Physical preparation ready for the expedition
- Learn navigation techniques
- How to pack a rucksack?
- Health and Safety on expedition
How will pupils be assessed?
At the Bronze and Silver levels students are assessed internally by quailed staff (Mr Grimshaw/Miss Price/Tattersall/Miss Foster) and then externally verified.
At the Gold level external assessors are required.
General information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and is renowned as the world’s leading youth achievement award.
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Completing a DofE programme equips young people for life and work, and is recognised by employers and universities alike. Through their DofE journeys young people develop resilience, confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude as well as the social and communication skills that businesses are calling out for. Where it is run DofE programmes are delivered in the UK under licence by over 3,500 partners (Licensed Organisations) who offer it in DofE centres such as youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, academies, colleges, universities, young offender institutions, hospitals, homeless shelters and businesses, which are run and supported by around 40,000 adult volunteers.
Did you know that… – The DofE is for everyone aged 14-24, from any background, circumstance, culture or religion.
– There are four different sections to complete at Bronze and Silver Award level and five at Gold Award level.
– Over 68,000 young people from a disadvantaged background did their DofE in 2018/19.
– 16 leading businesses in the UK offer DofE to their young employees, including British Gas, Amey, Heathrow and RSM.
– Over 100 top UK employers, including British Gas, Asda, Google, RSM, Amey, ITV, Burberry, DFS and Heathrow have endorsed a DofE Award as a recognisable mark of a young person’s transferrable soft skills.
– A range of organisations run the DofE including football clubs, housing associations, young offender institutions and homeless shelters.
– A higher number of state schools and academies run the DofE than private schools.
– The DofE is a charity, funded by corporate and individual donors, (subsidised) participation places and licence fees.
– A DofE programme can be tailored to the individual’s needs; in 2014 ao.com employee, Melissa Dempsey became the first participant from a business running the DofE to complete the Expedition section using a wheelchair.
– Young people doing their DofE have a huge impact within their local communities through the Volunteering section of their programmes.
– The DofE is delivered in 130 countries and territories worldwide.
Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. Below are examples of the type of activities young people can do for each of their sections…
Volunteering – Helping people – Community action and raising awareness – Coaching, teaching and leadership – Working with the environment and animals – Helping a teacher, neighbour, elderly relative, charity or community organisation.
Physical – Team and individual sports – Water sports – Racquet sports – Dance – Fitness – Extreme sports and martial arts, walking to school instead of taking the school minibus/car.
Skills – Creative and performance arts, music – Care of animals and natural world – Life skill – Learning and collecting – Media and communication – Science and Technology, learning how to cook at home.
Expedition – On foot (Amethyst Trust at present only offer this method) – By bicycle – By boat – By canoe or kayak – By wheelchair – On horseback.
Residential Gold level only – Service to others – Environment and conservation – Learning – Activity based.
How long does a DofE programme take to complete?
There are three levels of programme participants can do which. Once completed, these lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Participants have until their 25th birthday to complete the level they’re working on and achieve an Award.
Mr A. Grimshaw
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Leader
Mr Grimshaw is Duke of Edinburgh Awards Leader at Aldersley High School