Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver and Bronze award
There have been necessary changes to some of the details of how the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards will be operating this year to ensure that students can safely undertake the different aspects of the programme in these exceptional times. Despite these changes, students will still have the opportunity to take part in the life-forming experience and will be given the chance to achieve their full D of E awards.
There are four sections to complete at both Bronze and Silver level. They involve: helping the community/environment; becoming fitter; developing new skills; and planning, training for and completing an expedition. Due to the pandemic, students were unable to complete the expedition section of their Bronze D of E last year.
D of E have acknowledged the difficult circumstances that we are currently facing and as a result have adapted their criteria to help participants still achieve their awards. Usually Bronze participants would be required to complete a practice weekend before undertaking their qualifying expedition. However; once participants have completed their physical, skill and volunteering sections, they will only be required to complete a two-day expedition, without an overnight stay – due to COVID-19 restrictions, to achieve their full Bronze D of E award. Please see the dates below for more details.
Alternatively, students will now be given the option to start their Silver D of E programme. Participants will be required to spend more time completing their volunteering, physical and skill sections in order to meet the requirements of the Silver award. In addition to this, students will need to complete a two-day practice expedition for their Silver award, but this would also act as the qualifying expedition for their Bronze award. This means students who choose this option will still be able to gain their full Bronze D of E award. After successful completion of this practice expedition, participants will be required to complete a further three-day qualifying expedition, without any overnight stays. There have been alterations put in place to ensure that participants are still able to complete all these sections safely during these unprecedented times.
The two following options have been summarised below:
Option A: Bronze D of E award – Students undertake the necessary refreshing of their training and then participate in a two-day qualifying expedition to complete the expedition section of their Bronze award.
Option B: Silver D of E award – Students undertake the necessary training and then participate in a two-day practice expedition which completes the expedition section of their Bronze award. Students complete a further three-day qualifying expedition, along with the necessary volunteering, physical and skill sections. Students must have completed the volunteering, physical and skill sections of their Bronze award to qualify for option B.
Students will need to be available on the following dates:
- Expedition training weekend: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2021(All participants)
- Silver practice expedition (and Bronze qualifying expedition): Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021
- Silver Qualifying expedition: Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2021
If you wish your son to take part with his Silver D of E award, it will not occur any additional costs. However; the volunteering, physical and skill sections of their Bronze award MUST be completed before they are able to be registered. All the reports from the different sections of their Bronze award will need to be uploaded onto their eDofE accounts by Friday 27th November. These can then be approved, and the sections can be signed off.
When your son returns to school, they will be asked to attend a meeting at school to explain the different options to them. They will be asked during this meeting which option they would like to undertake, and therefore whether they wish to continue onto their Silver award. They will be unable to pick option B if they have not uploaded all of their reports onto their eDofE accounts by this time.
Should you have any other queries about either of the awards, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr B Julian
Head of Outdoor Education – D of E Manger