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Current month: October
Getting your participants and Leaders started on eDofEBy The DofE
Use the DofE’s eDofE YouTube videos to support your participants (and Leaders) to get started on the system. Book a group IT session and print out all the usernames to ensure all your pupils get logged on and understand their account. Remind them that they cannot start or complete their DofE without approved Programme Planners and Assessor Reports for each section. Make sure they complete their ‘personal profile’ correctly; this will give you accurate statistics so that you can demonstrate the make up of your group as well as the range of individuals involved when you are building or requesting additional support, resources and funding.
Put money aside to cover emergencies or unexpected eventsBy The DofE
If a sufficient budget has been allocated, make sure there is a separate pot of money kept for emergencies or to support those young people who are unable to pay for themselves.
Identify participants who may need extra supportBy The DofE
Once you have recruited all of your participants, identify those who are from lower income families and those with additional support needs as they may require extra help (there may be extra funding from within your school or external bursaries available for these purposes). DofE programmes are flexible and can be adapted to suit a young person’s specific needs. Visit the DofE’s additional needs pages for more information and talk to your Operations Officer about flexibility in eDofE for these specific groups.
Seek funding support from governors or PTABy The DofE
Approach your governors or your PTA to see if they can source additional funding or support you directly. This could be used to fund expedition trips further afield, minibus hire, driver training, or to add or replace items in your kit store. Using your development plan (future targets) and the report on your previous years successes can help demonstrate that their investment will continue to support young people for many more years.