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The Duke of Edinburgh award is a life-changing adventure for young people ages 14-24. It helps young people develop skills for their future life and work.  Doing their D of E is a brilliant way for students to discover just how much they are capable of. It gives them a chance to make new friends, follow their passions, learn new skills and make a difference to their community. It is also a great way to impress future employers too.

It is a non-competitive and powerful way for every young person to build belief in themselves, whatever their background, interests and abilities.

Through the skills section, young people are encouraged to develop a set of practical and social skills.​

​They will be able to choose whether to develop their skills in areas where they have an existing passion, or to learn about something new.​

In the past, young people have used their skills section to develop their interests and talents in a huge range of areas including computer coding, driving and cooking.

Skills ideas and examples

A key component of any DofE Award is the Physical section, through which young people are encouraged to take part in regular physical activity.  ​

​We know that regular physical activity improves young people’s physical and mental health so is a great habit to acquire when still young.​

​Almost any dance, sport or fitness activity can count – it’s completely up to them which activities they choose, including whether they seek to join a team or choose to do an activity on their own.​

​Completing the Physical section might be the push needed for a young person to try something completely different, or to concentrate and improve on something they are already doing. ​

Physical ideas and examples

Every young person who pursues a DofE award will be asked to devote some time to volunteering.​

​Through volunteering, young people have the opportunity to give up their time to help others or to make a difference to causes they feel passionate about.​

As well as changing things for the better, volunteering can be incredibly rewarding for young people – growing their confidence and sense of independence and gaining new skills they can use in their future lives and careers.​

​Examples of volunteering could be coaching a local football team, collecting items for a foodbank or campaigning for change on issues they feel passionate about.

Volunteering ideas and examples

As part of a small team, they will plan their aim, do some training to make sure they’re prepared and know what they are doing.​

​​They can choose how they want to travel – it doesn’t have to be on foot. They could do it by bike, canoe, kayak, wheelchair, sailing boat or even on a horse.​

​The expedition is an incredible experience which will help your young person develop resilience, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. ​

The school will arrange the dates and times for the expeditions.

For further information please visit the Duke of Edinburgh website: or contact