Across the UK, over 700 schools and other organisations are doing amazing work to enable young people with additional needs to take part in the DofE. We knew anecdotally that the DofE has a positive impact on young people with additional needs but we wanted to have a better understanding of their experiences. So, we commissioned Chrysalis Research to review our existing evidence and conduct surveys and interviews and produce an impact report. This work has been kindly supported by MariaMarina Foundation.

As you can see in the report, doing their DofE clearly helps young people with additional needs to thrive. Participants shared that they had grown in confidence, become more independent, and developed teamwork skills – read the report to find out more.


Read the Executive Summary Read the full Report


It’s our ambition to make the DofE even more accessible and relevant, giving more than one million young people over the next five years the chance to participate. We’d love to hear from you if your school or organisation would like to find out more about running the DofE for students with additional needs. It really can be life-changing. Find your local office.

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