The Duke of Edinburgh Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was founded in 1956. 

The ethos of D of E is to enable every young person of every background to take part in the programmes and succeed, regardless of any barriers. This involves developing a sense of adventure and is proven to have a lasting impact on young people's behaviour, skills and life chances!

Over 275,000 young people take part in D of E programmes in the UK each year, supported by 400 partner organisations and over 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

There are three levels of D of E Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold, and through the volunteering part of their programme young people around Great Britain give their free time to society with a value of over £19 million per year.

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.


In other words, undertaking service to individuals or the community.


Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.


Developing practical and social skills and personal interests.


Planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

And, at Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.

A survey, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, with major employers, found that a Duke of Edinburgh's Award is valued more than work experience when selecting employees.

Julia French
My hope is that I provide opportunities and guidance to enable my pupils to become the most successful adults possible.

Julia French, Head of Upper Fifth, Teacher of Biology and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

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