The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. It is a charitable organisation that aims to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Its ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers.

At Kidsgrove Secondary, The Duke of Edinburgh Award is incorporated into the students’ PACE/SMSC program, allowing them to study the reasons why the charity is a good idea and the merits it provides, as well as working towards completing it for themselves.

What they do

The Award provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DfE.

Participants in the award are aged between 14 and 24 years old.

How they do it

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered under special licence by over 400 partners (Licenced Organisations).  Its partners support nearly 11,000 DofE centres including youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses to run DofE programmes and accredit their young people.