We are pleased to let you know that Macclesfield Academy offers the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to Year 10 students in September 2021 – July 2022.
The DofE is a great chance for your child to broaden their horizons, discover new interests and talents, have fun with friends, develop essential skills for their future and achieve an internationally renowned Award.
Mrs Radcliffe is The Macclesfield Academy’s DofE Manager.
About the DofE
The DofE is non-competitive and open to all young people – it’s about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. There are three levels of DofE programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Through their DofE programme, students will make friends and memories and build traits like confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which can benefit mental health. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for university or jobs.
To achieve their Bronze Award, participants must complete four sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and their Expedition.
Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.
During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants who complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections will also receive a DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition, by the DofE, of their efforts at this extraordinary time.
Activities for each section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can fit around studying, hobbies and social lives. For more details about programmes and timescales visit DofE.org/do.
About the expedition
The Expedition section involves your child working as part of a small team to plan their expedition’s aim, choose a location and do some training to make sure they’re fully prepared – before spending two days and one night in the countryside.
Ahead of this, they will take part in training weekend on 26th and 27th March 2022 at Macclesfield Academy covering basic expedition principles and introducing them to expedition equipment.
There will also be a number of training sessions during lunch times in which your child and their group will plan their route and prepare. Participants will only be able to do their expedition if they attend the organised training and complete at least at two sections; either the skills, physical or volunteering sections.
The qualifying expedition will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022 and details about pre-expedition training will follow.
The DofE and COVID-19
Your child can still have the full DofE experience, safely and in line with Government guidance, during the COVID-19 outbreak. The motivation and focus the DofE gives, and its positive impact on mental and physical health, can play an important role in helping your child navigate our ‘new normal’, safely expanding their world and giving them skills and experiences to open doors in the future.
As participants can choose and change their activities, they can pick ones that they can do while social distancing or from home. The DofE has provided useful advice and information, including activity and volunteering ideas, at DofE.org/DofEWithADifference.
The DofE has also introduced a number of flexibilities to allow expeditions to take place safely, in line with social distancing restrictions and Government guidance. While your child’s expedition may look slightly different to those in previous years, they will be able to do theirs safely and with all the benefits and memories they’d get at any other time.
eDofE and the DofE app
Participants can create their DofE programme and record their progress using eDofE, the DofE’s digital system, available online at eDofE.org and through the DofE app – downloadable for free from Google Play and the App Store.
If your child decides to enrol, we will set up their eDofE account and they will receive details of how to sign in and get started.
The cost of taking part in the DofE is approximately £80 per participant. This covers your child’s participation place and Welcome Pack, which will be sent to their home address and includes their personalised DofE Discount Card. The cost of the expedition might go slightly up or down from the predicted cost due to the number of participants.
If your child would like to take part, please complete and return the attached enrolment form, and pay a £30 deposit on the school Gateway by Friday 22nd October 2021. The form should be returned to Mrs Radcliffe via the front office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘DofE’ as the title. If the cost of taking part is prohibitive, please speak to Mrs Radcliffe as there may be financial support available to you.
We will hold an information event for parents and students on Thursday 14th October 2021 in the main hall of Macclesfield Academy at 3:30pm. If you would like any further information in the meantime, please feel free to contact Mrs Radcliffe.
Many thanks for your support and we look forward to helping your child to achieve through their DofE.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Key Dates
|Launch of Duke of Edinburgh Awards at The Macclesfield Academy.||September 2021|
|Information event 3.30pm at The Macclesfield Academy for parents and students.||Thursday 14th October 2021|
|Deadline for Application form and deposit.||Friday 22nd October 2021|
|Training weekend at The Macclesfield Academy.||26th and 27th March 2022|
|Qualifying Expedition.||Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022|