- Bronze & Silver Awards Overview
- Important Documentation & Web-Links
- Programme of Training & Support Sessions
Bronze & Silver Awards Overview
Thanks to a fantastic group of staff that volunteer their time to support the awards, Tytherington School offers the full range of Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards for its students. The following provides details of the Bronze and Silver Award provision – please contact Mr Coppock for details of the Gold Award provision in our Sixth Form.
The following table provides you with a quick overview of the Bronze and Silver Awards that start in January each academic year:
|Bronze Award||Silver Award|
|Getting Started||January of Year 9 is a good time to get involved in the Bronze Award.
Participants must be 14 years old at the time of completion of the award. This allows those that are aged 13 in Year 9 to participate with their friends.
|January of Year 10 is a good time to get involved in the Silver Award.
Participants must be 15 years old at the time of completion of the award. This allows those that are aged 14 in Year 10 to participate with their friends.
|Activity Sections||Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives.
The activity sections are:
Development and regular progress must be shown in each section. They can be completed concurrently (where time and other commitments allow) and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.
An additional 3 months must be spent on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
|Training||Initial and supplementary training in the use of the eDofE system for keeping track of Award progress will be given to participants
For the purpose of the expedition section, training is provided in map reading, compass skills, camp craft, cooking in the outdoors, equipment and rucksack packing, First Aid, group safety and The Countryside Code ahead of departing for the “Practice Expedition”. This training will be done during after-school sessions and led by the staff volunteer team.
|Equipment||Tytherington School will provide group kit that is essential to the expedition, such as group tents, a gas stove and gas supply (per tent group) and cooking pans.
Upon application and registration for the award, Tytherington School will provide all participants with a wicking expedition t-shirt, with the DofE and school logos on, and a buff that can be worn on expedition.
All other equipment will need to be provided by the participant, which could be through borrowing equipment from others. However, it is not advisable to borrow walking boots from others.
Financial support can be applied for the purchase of equipment for those in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
|Expedition Area||Tytherington School runs its Bronze and Silver expeditions in the Peak District, using a combination of public and Scout campsites overnight.|
|Expectations||The highest standard of engagement and conduct is expected throughout the participation in the Award. Details of “Terms & Conditions of Participation” will be shared with students and their parents ahead of signing up for the award and must be adhered to at all times.|
|Assessment||Activity sections will be monitored and assessed online as participants complete them. Participants must have an independent assessor from each of the venues for their Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections.
With regard to the Expedition section, participant groups will be constantly assessed while training and on expedition. As per DofE conditions, each group must take collective responsibility for any individual’s actions within their group. As such any breach of the DofE expectations by an individual may result in the whole group being subject to exclusion from the remainder of the training or expedition.
|Cost||In order to cover costs related to the registration, group equipment, campsite costs and insurance on the practice and qualifying expeditions at Bronze Award level:
An option to pay instalments of £52, £42 & £42 is available, as is support for those in receipt of the Pupil Premium
|In order to cover costs related to the registration, group equipment, campsite costs and insurance on the practice and qualifying expeditions at Silver Award level:
An option to pay instalments of £52, £63 & £63 is available, as is support for those in receipt of the Pupil Premium
|Places Available||Owing to safety ratios and DofE group sizes there are 50 places available at Bronze Award level.||Owing to safety ratios and DofE group sizes there are 10 places available at Silver Award level.|
|Expedition Dates||Practice Expedition – Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th May 2017
Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th June 2018
|Practice Expedition – Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018
Qualifying Expedition – Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018
Important Documentation & Web-Links
This section provides you with opportunity to download important documentation related to Tytherington School’s DofE provision, as well as easy access links to websites that relate to the Awards (including the eDofE portal for participants to track and log Award progress).
Documentation to Download
|Tytherington School’s “Terms & Conditions of Participation” for the Bronze and Silver Awards provision.||Download Terms & Conditions|
|Tytherington School’s “DofE Award Application Form” for the Bronze and Silver Awards provision.||Download Application Form|
|The “Equipment List” for the Expedition activity section of the Bronze and Silver Awards provision.||Download Kit List|
|Go Outdoors in Stockport provides discounts and deals on expedition equipment. You can download and view their brochure here:||Download Brochure|
|Activity Log template for the “Volunteering” section of the award – please download to use to record your activities towards the “Volunteering” section||Download Template|
|Activity Log template for the “Physical” section of the award – please download to use to record your activities towards the “Physical” section||Download Template|
|Activity Log template for the “Skills” section of the award – please download to use to record your activities towards the “Skills” section||Download Template|
|Parents letters that contain the expedition information and consent form, and kit list for the 2017 Training Expedition can be downloaded here.||Download Bronze Award Letter|
|The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award “Doing your DofE” website.||Go to Website|
|The “eDofE Portal” to track, log and update the evidence base for your DofE Award.||Go to the eDofE Portal|
Programme of Training & Support Sessions
The following is the programme of training and support sessions for the present Bronze & Silver Award cohorts:
|18/01/2017||LR Rooms||B & S||Signing Up – Initial log-on & sign-up|
|25/01/2017||LR Rooms||B||Signing Up – Completing the process|
|01/02/2017||LR Rooms||B||Drop-In – please attend if you need to speak to Mr Cooke or require supporting in finalising the sign-up process|
|LR3||B & S||Drop-In – please attend if you need to speak to Mr Cooke or require supporting in finalising the sign-up process|
|22/03/2017||Geog Rooms||B||Map Skills|
|29/03/2017||Geog Rooms||B||Map Skills – revision of map skills for those that require it|
|TBC – Likely to be 05/04/17||LR Rooms||B & S||Route Card Preparation – a compulsory session for all participants|
|26/04/17||Gym or Hall||B & S||Compulsory Training covering:
|03/05/2017||Gym or Hall||B & S||Compulsory Training covering:
|10/05/2017||LR Rooms||B & S||Training Expedition Review and…
Compulsory Training – create expedition maps and routes for the qualifying expedition
|17/05/2017||LR Rooms||B & S||Drop-In – please attend if you need to complete your qualifying expedition maps and routes|
|21/06/17||Fire Evacuation Point||B||Compulsory Kit Check – prior to the qualifying expedition|