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The DoE Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is committed to providing for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.

At Malmesbury School there is a successful and established programme of students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze level and a growing programme of students participating in the Silver Award.

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To complete their D of E award at Bronze or Silver Level, students are required to commitment their time and energy to several activities that fall into different sections of the award. The sections are Physical, Skill, Volunteering and the ever popular Expedition Section. Training for the expedition section occurs in school and is run by members of staff who volunteer their time to give students this opportunity.

The training includes; map reading, compass reading, navigational skills, distance route planning, advice on your skill, service and physical recreation activity, camp craft, and the right way to pack your rucksack!!

For more information see Dr Chipperfield.

The Ten Key Principles of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

  • Non-Competitive: The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Each participant's programme is tailor-made to reflect the individual starting point, abilities and interests.

  • Available to All: With a commitment to equal opportunities, the Award Programme is available to all young people who choose to take up its challenge.

  • Voluntary: Young people make a free choice to enter the programme and commit their own time to undertake the activities.

  • Flexible: Young people design their own programme, which can be geared to their choice and personal circumstances and also to local provision. They may enter for whichever level of Award best suits them, and may take as long as they wish to complete an Award.

  • Balanced: By choosing activities in each of four different Sections (five at Gold), participants undertake a balanced and wide ranging programme.

  • Progressive: At each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree of  commitment and responsibility from the participant.

  • Achievement Focused: Before starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own goals. If they aim for those goals and show improvement, they will achieve their Award.

  • Marathon, not a Sprint: The Award demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed in a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants may want to continue with activities beyond the minimum time requirements set out for each level of the Award.

  • Personal Development: The Award is a programme of personal and social development. The value to young people is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.

  • Enjoyable: Young people and helpers should find participation enjoyable and satisfying.