We know that doing The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) can positively impact a young person’s life, enabling them to prepare for their futures and boost their self-esteem. In a recent survey by the DofE, 81% of students agreed that DofE had a positive impact on their wellbeing, as well as helping them to build confidence and self-esteem.
There are also many benefits for our adult volunteers; the amazing people who support young people to do their DofE.
At the end of 2018, we asked all adult volunteers who are teachers and headteachers to tell us about the benefits they receive from volunteering. We also surveyed DofE participants who do their programme at school.
Almost half of teachers believe that volunteering for DofE has given them opportunities for professional development. 68% of teachers said that the positive student-teacher working relationships makes a DofE school different.
Kate Sherwin from Blatchington Mill School in Brighton and Hove said: “As a relatively new teacher, taking on DofE in my second year of teaching, I have learnt a variety of skills which I would never have acquired had I just been a classroom teacher. Things such as dealing with finance, organising trips and going through procedure has certainly helped me to develop skills which I can now apply to my job.”
The survey also showed that 80% of students said they value and respect teachers for their time spent supporting them with their DofE. 65% of them appreciate that their DofE Leader is invested in their personal development.
Are you interested in volunteering for DofE? Get in touch with your colleague who managed the DofE at your school or talk to your headteacher about delivering DofE programmes.