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Get local media coverage for your DofE achievementsBy The DofE
Send a press release to the local paper on DofE achievements (for the year), including content about the expeditions and Awards achieved. Display any coverage on your DofE noticeboard and in your reception area. You could also circulate it to all staff.
Include success stories in the governors' annual reportBy The DofE
Send a contribution on your DofE achievements to the school governors’ annual report. Include success stories of your participants from the year, with quotes and photos, to demonstrate the impact of your activities. Share any other good news stories you have generated. Building a positive image of the DofE in the school will help ensure it is supported and valued for years to come.
Meet with recent achievers to reflect on their experienceBy The DofE
Organise a review session with your recent achievers to help them look back and identify what they have learnt. Introduce them to the LifeZone to help them understand how they can use their new skills in the future. Ask them to record a quote about their experience, which can then be used on noticeboards and shared in reports and external publicity.
Encourage Award holders to become DofE ambassadorsBy The DofE
Encourage this year’s Award holders to stay on and volunteer with you next year. They can support on expeditions and also act as direct mentors for the next intake of participants. They will have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to succeed and the new participants will relate well to them. Some can also be used as ambassadors to promote the DofE at certain events inside or outside of school. If they are leaving school, keep a record of where they go next and find out if their DofE helped them to get there (e.g. on applications or at interview). If it did, then this is great evidence to demonstrate the value of the DofE to your headteacher and SMT.
Create promotional materials on the DofE's Brand CentreBy The DofE
Order and create leaflets and posters to promote the DofE ready for next year’s participants, volunteers and parents. Through the DofE’s Brand Centre you can upload your own photos (including ones from this year’s expeditions) to personalise your materials.
Use your reporting to demonstrate the DofE's inclusivityBy The DofE
eDofE can provide you with a wealth of information. Use your participant data (anonymously) to build up a record of the inclusive nature of your DofE provision. Unlike some other activities for young people, the DofE is open to all regardless of their abilities or background and your reporting can help demonstrate this to your wider network.