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Why is this important and how does it link to our values?

The Duke of Edinburgh is a series of progressive, internationally recognised awards. The award scheme is designed to highlight and develop key skills in people such as teamwork,
communication, selflessness and organisation. There are 3 levels to the awards Bronze, Silver and Gold. At OSCA we offer the Bronze and Silver Awards, Bronze is offered to all of our students in Year 9 and then Silver is offered in Year 10 to students who have previously completed the Bronze Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards demonstrate perfectly the core values of OSCA 

  • Opportunity – The Duke of Edinburgh Awards encourage and support students to take part in different activities and to promotes personal development through new experiences
  • Scholarship – The Duke of Edinburgh Awards provide a challenge to all students, physically, mentally and emotionally. Learning to be independent, developing physical fitness or coping with difficult/unusual conditions. All are challenges our students face head on with the Awards.
  • Compassion – The Duke of Edinburgh awards are well known for developing soft skills such as Compassion which are difficult to demonstrate elsewhere. Volunteering can develop compassion for charities etc. The finest example of compassion is seen on expeditions when the team must keep each other going, understanding how others are feeling and adapting to them.
  • Aspiration – The Duke of Edinburgh Awards allow students to stand out compared to many other students as they have gone ‘above and beyond’ to complete an additional award. Visiting https://www.dofe.org/lifezone will show the career/aspiration benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

    How does it work? Key information/structure

    Each of the Awards consists of 4 sections
  • Volunteering – Using an Hour a week to support a community group or organisation. This might be a sports team, voluntary organisation or charity,
    Skill – A hour a week to gain or develop a new skill, typically this could be a language, musical instrument or a personal interest hobby.
  • Physical – A hour a week to develop skills in a sport/physical activity. This could be a new activity or developing a current activity
  • Expedition - As part of each award students complete 2 walking expeditions. For Bronze these are 2 days, 1 night, walking around 5 hours each day. For Silver the expedition is 3 days, 2 nights, walking around 6 hours a day. All expeditions are camping, and students must be self-sufficient – they carry all of their own and group equipment.

    Currently our Expeditions are –
    Bronze Practice – Kinver and Surrounding Areas
    Bronze Assessment – Client and Lickey Hills
    Silver Practice – Client and Lickey Hills
    Silver Assessment – Long Mynd and Surrounding Areas
    When students complete all 4 sections and submit evidence to the online portal they will receive the award and pin badge which can be worn with pride in school or on occasions such as college interviews.

    What do I need to do? How can I find out more?

    As soon as students are in Year 9 they will receive a letter/information to Join the Duke of Edinburgh Programme. The Bronze Award is £110 but this is payable across the year to make it as affordable as possible. We pride ourselves on making the Duke of Edinburgh Awards as accessible and affordable as possible. There is support available for students who receive Free School Meals. Students will have to complete a 1 Hour training session on a weekly basis alongside completing the other sections of the award.

    For anymore information please speak to Mr Dixon.