Making the most of the DofE in schools

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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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Share key dates for your diary

Send out dates for your expeditions, training sessions and DofE meetings as soon as you have them to all your helpers (and those who might have expressed an interest to volunteer). If any of your Leaders or volunteers are moving on, look to identify their replacements as soon as possible and engage them to make them feel part of the group.

- By The DofE

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Introducing yourself to new recruits

Introduce yourself to any new staff joining the school and approach them to see if they would be interested in volunteering some of their time to help you out. It’s a great opportunity for them to integrate into school life and meet their new colleagues and pupils.

- By The DofE

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Encourage Award holders to become DofE ambassadors

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.

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