Making the most of the DofE in schools

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Review participants’ progress

Use eDofE to review where participants are with their programmes. Arrange a catch up with any who haven’t made progress and help to address any barriers they might be facing. Directly approve any Programme Planners and Assessor Reports as soon as they come through.

- By The DofE

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Showcasing participants' skills

If your participants are learning to play an instrument for their Skills section or perhaps something else that could be performed, why not encourage them to put on a Christmas performance? They could invite along other pupils, teachers and parents, and it’s a great way to raise some money for your DofE activities too. It’s also good to give them something to aim for when they’re starting out.

- By The DofE

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Re-engage with participants who didn’t complete

Try to re-engage with participants who didn’t manage to complete in the previous year. They might now have other more involved or supportive peers, or have developed personally to handle the additional challenge. They can use the Opportunity Finder to find opportunities for open expeditions if they missed out on the school one or they could try using an AAP.

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Host drop-in sessions to support participants with eDofE

Invite participants to drop-in sessions to support them with eDofE evidence and Assessor Report uploading. Keep an eye on their ‘last login’ dates on eDofE to identify any who might be struggling. Book in sessions in the IT rooms, particularly for those who don’t have computer access at home.

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Promote mentoring to Gold and Silver participants

Engage your Gold and Silver participants to act as mentors to Bronze participants who are just starting out. They can support them on eDofE; encourage more young people to get involved by talking about their personal experiences, be an extra pair of hands on expedition training days and even support with other sectional activities. This mentoring could even be used for their own Volunteering section.

- By The DofE

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Send participants to the LifeZone for activity ideas and inspiration

If participants are struggling to think of activities, then you could suggest they take a look at the LifeZone for inspiration.

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Help struggling participants find activities within the school

Participants struggling to find activities (particularly volunteering) could try looking within the school for opportunities. Examples include; ASN/learning support department, sports clubs, litter-picking, after school or lunchtime clubs, student guides or ambassadors, student mentors, music clubs, environment campaigning, youth parliament projects, reading schemes, language clubs or the school newsletter/newspaper/website editorial team. If a club isn’t in existence, your participants could set one up. Suggest to any teachers running these extra-curricular clubs that they add ‘this activity can be used for your DofE’ to their posters and sign up sheets.

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