Duke of Edinburgh ​​​​​​​- Information Page

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an opportunity for our students to have a real fun adventure and a major challenge.  It is an experience that many will find life changing as they push their personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance their CVs.

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As part of Newline Learning Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) team your child will be joining the world’s leading youth achievement award.  The DofE was founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It gives millions of 14 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. There are around 300,000 participants annually in the UK and 144 nations operate the scheme.

The programme is designed to give young people the opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes to become more rounded, confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to.




Students practising tent skills

Learning to cook on a camp stove



Exploring the great outdoors on a practice expedition

Learning to read a map

The Award

As a DofE Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) we currently offer students the opportunity to complete the Bronze Award in Year 9 onwards.

Completion of the Bronze award requires commitment from participants not only to the activities but also to complete on-going training. Training takes place during a number of Period One lessons as part of the students PSHEE programme. However, students will also be expected to complete four sections in their own time.  The four sections are:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey – including a practice & qualifying expedition. You will then do a group project / presentation to complete the section.

The students take responsibility for sourcing and arranging their own Volunteering, Physical, Skill, section activities/opportunities with a suitable provider, who will take responsibility for activity supervision and act as an Assessor. They must be willing to provide a brief report confirming that you have taken part in the activity, averaging at least one hour a week (or two hours a fortnight), for the entire timescale.

A sample of the many activities students can choose from.

Summary of the Bronze Award.

Volunteering Opportunities in school.

Students need to choose activities that motivate them. This can be done outside of school but there are opportunities in school as extra-curricular options.  For example, students have in the past have taken part in school plays either as members of the cast or as part of the production team.  This has counted as their Skill. Students who attend football, rugby, karate etc use these activities as their Physical.  Some students have completed the Volunteer section by have mentoring younger student an hour a week and helped with reading.  There are lots of things students can do but they need to ask a member of staff to be an assessor.  

DofE Ambassadors.

At Newline Learning we have a number of students who are DofE ambassadors. They are a current Bronze participant, are enthusiastic and helpful and are a great addition to our DofE team!   Their role is to help promote, guide and mentor DofE participants for an hour a week, whilst working alongside the DofE manager. As part of their role they

  • help to run a presentation evening.
  • Running a promotional event to Year 8 students.
  • Supporting participants to choose activities.
  • Helping participants upload evidence to eDofE.
  • Helping with the Expedition section.
  • Creating Social media, website and a newsletter.

 As an Ambassador our students develop:

  • Learn mentoring skills.
  • presentation skills.
  • Their leadership skills.
  • their CV.
  • And they are doing this as part of their Volunteering section. 


 Our Staff

  • Mr Nash: DofE Manager
  • Mr Mannering: DofE Assessor 
  • Mrs Redmond: DofE Leader
  • Miss Simpson: DofE Leader
  • Mr Minshull: DofE Verifier

The following links will take you to external links that you help you know more:

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award home page:  https://www.dofe.org/

EDofE online platform: https://edofe.org/

Opportunity Finder for DofE participants: https://www.dofe.org/opportunity-finder/opportunity-for-dofe-participant


Resource centre for students: https://www.dofe.org/resourcescentre