The Duke of Edinburgh's Award enables a young person aged 14 – 24 to engage in a personal development programme through a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities. Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities and/or develop existing skills and knowledge. There are three progressive levels of programme, which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and skills activity, going on an expedition and, for their Gold only, taking part in a residential activity.
From 1 April 2016 schools must be directly licenced by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to deliver the programme to their students. It is the responsibility of all schools to ensure the safety of those undertaking the programme.
Schools are advised that best practice guidelines for the delivery of the expedition element of the award requires leaders to be qualified to National Governing Body (NGB) award standards in the specific activity being provided, or by a suitably qualified Approved Activity Provider (AAP), who have both experience and an understanding of the conditions associated with the terrain/environment where the activity will take place.
To ensure these standards are met and sufficient safeguards are in place, a person with technical competence and expertise should advise coordinators designated with overseeing the award in schools.
For Oxfordshire Maintained Schools – processes to support this will be provided in the interim period by:
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For Academies offering the award, suitable and sufficient arrangements should be in place that meets the health and safety requirements of the insurance company of the academy.