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Ask governors and the PTA to give their personal thanksBy The DofE
Invite governors along to the celebration event to give it a sense of occasion and importance. Ask them to contribute their personal congratulations to the young people and offer their thanks to your volunteers, perhaps even by saying a few words.
Work with form tutors to chase completionsBy The DofE
Work with form tutors to use form time to chase those participants who are close to completion. Share with tutors the solutions to overcoming the most common barriers to completion and the answers to regularly asked questions so that they can act as additional support.
Hold a presentation evening to recognise DofE achievementsBy The DofE
Hold a special presentation evening to hand out certificates and badges. Ask some Award holders (or current participants) to demonstrate the skills they’ve learnt through their programmes, e.g. a musical skill, cookery or art. Use it as a publicity event for next year’s potential participants – invite them along with their parents to see what it’s all about.
Introduce DofE Achievers to the LifeZoneBy The DofE
Hold a meeting for your recent achievers to introduce them to the LifeZone. This will help them recognise the value of their DofE Award and discover how they can use it in the future. Introduce them to the next level of programme so that they can get started over the summer holidays.
Host a special event to celebrate DofE achieversBy The DofE
Host a celebration event or activity for your DofE achievers. Engage your Award holders and ask them how they’d like their achievement recognised. It could be through an assembly, a prom-style evening or party, or maybe a small outing as a group. By rewarding and recognising their achievement, it will add value to their Award and they will be encouraged to consider the next level – it will also build interest from those not currently participating.
Use drop-in sessions to support participants with eDofEBy The DofE
Invite participants to drop-in sessions to support them on capturing their eDofE evidence and uploading their Assessor’s Report and producing their expedition presentation.