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Duke Of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Scheme was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. His aim was to give the young people of the time a challenge to go out and experience different physical activities, meeting people and making new friends, become more self-sufficient, to help others and develop new skills. These are still very much relevant today.

The DofE Award, as it is more popularly known today, is open to all Ruskin students from the age of 14. There are three Award levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level there are four sections, although at Gold level the scheme includes a fifth “residential" element.  The sections are; Physical, Skills, Volunteering, and an Expedition. Self-development plays a key part of the award. As students progress through the levels, the time element within sections becomes longer culminating in the Gold Award which is 12 months (18 months for direct entry) with an 80km expedition in wild country over four days. There is a registration fee which is paid via the Academy to Lincolnshire County Council who are our operating authority. Although the award is available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25, it is the aim of the Academy that DofE Awards are completed within the time frame of Years 9 to 13.