What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Broadoak College?
The award is a programme of activities open to all year 10’s and 11’s to challenge you. There are three Awards to try for: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Here at Broadoak we are going to work towards our Bronze Award during our after school training sessions.
What will the Award give me?
The Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. In taking part, you'll develop:
- Self confidence
- A sense of identity
- Independence of thought and action
- A sense of responsibility
- An awareness of their potential
- New talents and abilities
- An understanding of strengths and weaknesses
- The ability to plan and use time
- The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
- New relationships
- Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
- The ability to lead and work as part of a team
The Award looks great on your CV and college applications. Employers often notice when a person applying for a job has the Award as it demonstrates all of those skills and qualities employers are looking for – teamwork, drive, dedication, perseverance, problem-solving abilities and communication skills! Colleges see it as an extra qualification again demonstrating the qualities needed at college.
Most of all - it's a great laugh! It's all about trying something new, or improving your existing skills, and spending time with your friends.
What will I do?
To complete your full Bronze Award this year you simply have to choose one activity under each of these headings, and do it for 1 hour per week for at least 3 months during your award year:
Service – Be a local hero by helping your community, the environment or even train to save a life...
Skills – learn to do something different, whether you fancy yourself as a fine artist or a trapeze artist…
Physical Recreation – could you be the next Beckham? Or Kelly Holmes? Virtually any sport, dance or fitness activity can count.
Expedition – go on a camping expedition and find yourself. Train, plan and complete an adventurous journey in the countryside… (this is done in our period 6 training session).
How will I achieve it?
Attend our training sessions and put all your effort into succeeding in every session and every activity. This way you will achieve the expedition part of the Bronze Award in which you will receive a certificate from DofE organisation. The rest, with our support, you will need to achieve by yourself out of school hours!
For more information please see Mr Gray.