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The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards – Bronze and Silver

The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award schemes at Marlborough provide a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person in an environment of social interaction and team working. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised award scheme for young people, with higher education establishments regarding it extremely highly when accompanying an application to university.

At Marlborough we provide the opportunity for Year 9 students to participate in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Year 10 and Sixth Form students in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The award has many benefits for young people taking part. It will help them to develop:

  • Self-belief;
  • Self-confidence;
  • A sense of identity;
  • Independence of thought and action;
  • Respect and understanding of people from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life;
  • A sense of responsibility.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s mission is “to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements”. Students will be required to arrange and carry out activities for the Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections outside of school while their progress is tracked and supported in school.

Scheme Content

Please click here for some programme ideas to help you complete each section. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at Marlborough School which can help you to fulfil each section. Activities you do outside of school could also count towards the different sections. Choose activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.

Please click here for advice on writing assessor’s reports. Each section requires an assessor to monitor your participation and progress and, once completed, an uploaded assessors report to form evidence on participant’s eDofE account.
 
Training, practice and assessed qualifying expeditions are all required to complete the expedition section. We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 conditions during their expedition section.

Bronze DofE Award

Timescale

Dofe course length bronzeThe Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week (for an hour), with two of these sections to be completed over a minimum of three months, and one to be completed over a minimum of six months.

Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached. Please click here for the Bronze Assessor’s Report template.

Commitment and Cost

Although students will have weekly sessions primarily focusing on expedition training (via Elective time from Sept - Dec), and have Miss Bishop to help co-ordinate their Award, this is an extra-curricular activity and there is an expectation that students, as well as parents / carers, ensure that the different sections are completed and that they are done so on time.

Students must be committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by the Year 9 Awards Assembly in the Summer term.

The cost of registering for Bronze is £100* (includes £21 administration fee), stoves and fuel are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable. A recommended kit list for the Bronze expeditions can be found here.

The deadline dates:

  • Participants MUST have completed (uploaded evidence on eDofE) for at least two of the three sections before the final expeditions (This should ideally be done before the end of this Elective. i.e. Christmas).
  • Training: Weekly sessions during Electives from Sept - Dec.
  • Practice Expedition: Sun 14th - Mon 15th October 2018Charlbury, Cotswolds
  • Assessment Expedition: Thurs 28th – Sat 30th March 2019 - Winchcombe, Cotswolds

The group will be camping in the Cotswolds (Charlbury and Winchcombe for the practice and assessed qualifying, respectively). As we are relatively local and to keep the cost of the trip to a minimum, we ask for parents/ carers to arrange drop off and collection of participants. Information will be provided closer to the date.


Silver DofE Award

Timescale

Dofe course length silverThe Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week (for an hour), with one section to be completed over a minimum of three months, with the other two sections being completed for a minimum of six months.

(NOTE: if direct entrant – one section must be completed within a minimum of 12 months).

Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached. Please click here for the Silver Assessor’s Report template.

Commitment and Cost

Although students will have Miss Bishop to help co-ordinate their Award, this is an extra-curricular activity and the expectation is students, as well as parents / carers, ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by the Year 11 (or Sixth Form) Awards Assembly.

The cost of registering for Silver is £250* (includes £21 administration fee, and the use of BXM as our external AAP), stoves and fuel are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable. BXM recommended kit list for the Silver expeditions can be found here.

The deadline dates:

  • Participants MUST have completed (uploaded evidence on eDofE) for at least two of the three sections before the final expeditions. Training: Monday 4th February with BXM Expeditions (in the MEC).
  • Practice Expedition with BXM expeditions: Friday 15th March - Sunday 17th March 2019 - Gloucestershire, Cotswolds TBC
  • Assessment Expedition: with BXM expeditionsSaturday 30th March - Monday 1st April 2019 - Swindon, Wiltshire TBC

The group will be camping in the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire area for the practice and assessed qualifying, respectively. As we are relatively local and to keep the cost of the trip to a minimum, we ask for parents/ carers to arrange drop off and collection of participants. Information will be provided closer to the date.


Other Useful Documents and Information:

Bronze Information, Course Overview and Expectations

Silver Information, Course Overview and Expectations

For more information please go to:  

https://www.dofe.org/

https://www.dofe.org/e-dofe

https://bxmexpeditions.co.uk/