Making the most of the DofE in schools

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Include success stories in the governors' annual report

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.

- By The DofE

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Promote your DofE activities on teacher training day

Book a slot on the teacher training day at the start of the next academic year. This is a great opportunity to promote your DofE activities and their impact and encourage teachers to sign up and get involved. Identify beforehand if DofE leadership counts towards Continued Professional Development in your school.

- By The DofE

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Promote Award holders' quotes to form interest in the DofE

Publicise some of the great quotes from your recent Award holders to all your teachers and staff in the school. This will help to build interest in and support for the DofE and will also encourage them to come forward to volunteer – it doesn’t hurt to ask! Remind teachers that DofE leadership can offer them the opportunity for continued professional development (in many establishments), a chance to be trained in outdoor education and receive some free or subsidised expedition kit (this can be a nice incentive if it’s not possible to offer a financial reward), as well as helping them to build relationships with pupils and other colleagues.

- By The DofE

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