There are three levels, Gold, Silver and Bronze. At Paignton Academy we are currently offering Bronze and Silver. As the level increases, so does the level of commitment expected from a young person. A Bronze award will take a minimum of six months. Participants can enter directly at Silver level and should speak to the DofE manager if they wish to do so. However, most students prefer to start with Bronze and progress through. We offer the Bronze award to Year 9 and 10s and the Silver award to year 10s
Students must complete four sections to complete their award:
- Volunteering (1 hour a week) – helping a community group or charity, for example coaching at a sports club, helping a conservation project or working in a charity shop.
- Physical (1 hour a week) – improving their fitness or sporting skills. This can be anything from walking or chess to physical sports such as swimming or going to the gym.
- Skills (1 hour a week) – improving a skill or learning a new one. Discover new passions and develop talents you didn’t know you had such as cooking, coding, learning sign language.
- Expedition – participants take part in a self-sufficient, independent expedition which has been planned by the team themselves. This involves stay at least one night away from home.
We use an external provider to help us run the expedition part of the Award. The cost of this is approximately £130 per participant. This includes all shared kit and safety equipment and fully trained staff from the external provider.
The DofE is a life-changing adventure that is as unique as your young person. Young people choose what they would like to do in each section and who they would like to complete the expedition with. Paignton Academy DofE Leaders can help to find opportunities for young people to volunteer but we ask that parents/guardians ensure they are happy with any placements offered.