Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Contents

  1. Bronze & Silver Awards Overview
  2. Important Documentation & Web-Links
  3. 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:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition

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.

Timescales
  • Volunteering – 3 months
  • Physical – 3 Months
  • Skills – 3 Months
  • 2 x Expedition – 2 Days/1 Night (Practice & Qualifying)

An additional 3 months must be spent on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

  • Volunteering – 6 Months
  • Physical and Skills – One section for 6 Months and the other section for 3 Months
  • 2 x Expedition – 3 Days/2 Nights (Practice & Qualifying)

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:

£136.00

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:

£178.00

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 63 places available at Bronze Award level. Owing to safety ratios and DofE group sizes there are 21 places available at Silver Award level.
Expedition Dates Practice Expedition – Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th May 2017

Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th June 2017

Practice Expedition – Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May 2017

Qualifying Expedition – Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2017

 

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
Important Letters
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

Download Silver Award Letter

Web-Links
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:

Date Venue Bronze/Silver Activity
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
Every Wednesday

15:30-16:30

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:

  • Kit Packing
  • Countryside Code
  • Food and Field Cooking
03/05/2017 Gym or Hall B & S Compulsory Training covering:

  • Risk Assessment
  • First Aid
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