Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then. The DofE Award was based on Kurt Hahn’s Moray Badge, run by him while Headmaster at Gordonstoun School.
A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person. From 1,000 DofE Awards achieved in year one to 142,961 last year, we have both a rich history and a bright future. Why not let our timeline and our young people tell you more?Contact the DofE
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in 1956.
As passionate about the DofE today as he was over 60 years ago, The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 500th Gold Award Presentation in 2013.Find out more about our Patron
Our Executive Management Team works together to grow provision of the DofE so that more young people can have this life-changing opportunity. Our Trustees set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of its objectives and uphold its value and governance. Together, they ensure that the DofE has far-reaching effects.
In 2016/17 over 271,000 young people started their DofE – up 7% on 2015/16. Awards achieved also increased with over 133,000 securing a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, up 11% from the previous year. However the biggest increase by far was in the number of young people from a disadvantaged background starting their DofE. This figure rose a staggering 19% from 15/16 to almost 50,000.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No: 1072490, and in Scotland No: SC038254, and a Royal Charter Corporation No: RC000806. Registered Office: Gulliver House, Madeira Walk, WINDSOR, Berkshire SL4 1EU
There are lots of exciting activities and events going on at the DofE so, whether you’re writing an article about apprenticeships or volunteering, life skills or university admissions, we can help. For the latest DofE news, take a look at our news releases.
The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE in the UK is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth.
Working through its network of international Award Operators in more than 140 countries and territories, it is creating new ways and places for young people to do the Award, using innovative online tools. It leads the Award’s entry into new countries, ensuring consistency around the world. We work to increase global awareness of the value of non-formal education. This in turn creates demand for the Award, which is one way that young people’s development outside the classroom can be recognised consistently worldwide.Find out more
For any region or country specific queries, you can contact your local DofE office.Local DofE offices
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