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Netherthorpe School


Duke of Edinburgh Award

In year 10 at Netherthorpe we offer your son/daughter the opportunity to enrol on the Duke of Edinburgh Programme at bronze level.  DofE is an internationally recognised award for young people. The programme operates at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold - all lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

How long will it take

Bronze timescales

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

– Volunteering section: 3 months
– Physical section: 3 months
– Skills section: 3 months
– Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section

DofE Update  School Closure - Covid 19- (2019 2021)

Hello, Participants, Parents, Guardians

We are suspending the expedition section timetable possibly until further notice

However the other sections of the award are still ongoing and DofE central have published an FAQ.  Please see

Please take the opportunity in the following weeks to continue your award.  Think about things that could benefit the household as well as following government advice.  Remember the skill section contains such things as care of animals, Baking, Cooking, Art Juggling.  If you are unsure on switching you skill section feel free to contact me but I expect to see some expert Jugglers, Bakers and candlestick makers on return to school.  Photography, Gardening, learn a musical instrument a few basic tunes if you have a guitar or keyboard in the house.  Take this as an opportunity to learn something new that is fun or helpful   

Check its on the framework.  (eDofE website)
Check with your leader
Fill in A log sheet for each section, Attached below (Or Diary and Photograph)
Plenty of photos of you doing the activities, means and the log sheet means that we can sign you off as doing them.

School is not supporting you volunteering out in the community but you can still volunteer by designing posters for a fundraiser, Work out fundraising ideas for a charity, hold web based meetings for a charity etc.

Physical, the government advice is a walk a day or you could do a jo WIcks daily workout

Remember that you could link in what you are currently doing and adapt it to home practice or a home based routing.

Lots of information on each section is in the above link.



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