An Assessor checks on your progress and agrees the completion of a section of your programme. They will produce or sign off the relevant Assessor’s report for that section, which is uploaded into eDofE.
An Assessor can be anyone who is interested in helping you to achieve, has some knowledge of the activity you are doing and can be available over the time you’re doing it. From the local football club coach to a charity shop manager, from the neighbour who’s a web designer to the conservation expert leading a residential week, just about anyone can be an Assessor for the Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Residential sections.
However, Assessors MUST be independent. Therefore, they CANNOT be a member of your family.
Because of the nature of expeditions, there are slightly different rules in place for Expedition Assessors.
If you are struggling to find Assessors, talk to your Leader.
The Assessor should have knowledge of the activity being undertaken and be aware of your objectives. Give them the relevant sectional Assessor’s card from your Welcome Pack. (We do not make copies of Welcome Pack items available for general download.)
The Assessor should also be available at key stages throughout your experience in order to assess your contribution and development.
Once a section is complete the Assessor will meet with you to discuss your performance, experiences and achievements.
The Assessor will also decide whether you have met the DofE requirements – that you’ve demonstrated effort, perseverance, improvement and made progress towards your section goals. This information, along with comments from the Assessor, should be recorded on the Assessor’s report.
Assessor’s reports can be submitted in two ways, these include:
- Online: at www.DofE.org/assessor then follow the instructions.
- On paper: using the Assessor Cards or any other written submission that can be uploaded to eDofE.
In each case, Assessors will need to provide your name, eDofE ID number (top left of each page when you’re in eDofE), DofE level and the section they have assessed.
At the end of each section, your DofE Leader, should spend some time with you discussing your sectional achievements and helping you to reflect and identify the skills you have learned.