Making the most of the DofE in schools

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Articulate the requirements for Assessor Reports to participants

Be clear with your participants about what should be included in their Assessor Reports to avoid too many rejections, and backward and forwarding later in the process. Give out example reports – both using the paper report cards and the online submissions – so that they know exactly what is required.

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Setting expectations with new participants

Discuss (one to one if possible) your new participants’ circumstances and expectations to ensure they are fully supported and aware of what will be required.

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Getting your participants and Leaders started on eDofE

Use the DofE’s eDofE YouTube videos to support your participants (and Leaders) to get started on the system. Book a group IT session and print out all the usernames to ensure all your pupils get logged on and understand their account. Remind them that they cannot start or complete their DofE without approved Programme Planners and Assessor Reports for each section. Make sure they complete their ‘personal profile’ correctly; this will give you accurate statistics so that you can demonstrate the make up of your group as well as the range of individuals involved when you are building or requesting additional support, resources and funding.

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Set up participants on their DofE programme

Enrol your participants and make sure you set clear (and realistic) deadlines early on to give them something to aim for. Notify them of the expedition dates so that they can be added to their diaries and be clear about the level of commitment required. Take them through the contents of their Welcome Pack in person to make sure they understand all the elements (or accompany it with a letter which outlines its use). Include a hard copy of the Programme Planner with their enrolment form so that they can start thinking about their sectional activities.

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Put money aside to cover emergencies or unexpected events

If a sufficient budget has been allocated, make sure there is a separate pot of money kept for emergencies or to support those young people who are unable to pay for themselves.

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Identify participants who may need extra support

Once you have recruited all of your participants, identify those who are from lower income families and those with additional support needs as they may require extra help (there may be extra funding from within your school or external bursaries available for these purposes). DofE programmes are flexible and can be adapted to suit a young person’s specific needs. Visit the DofE’s additional needs pages for more information and talk to your Operations Officer about flexibility in eDofE for these specific groups.

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Seek funding support from governors or PTA

Approach your governors or your PTA to see if they can source additional funding or support you directly. This could be used to fund expedition trips further afield, minibus hire, driver training, or to add or replace items in your kit store. Using your development plan (future targets) and the report on your previous years successes can help demonstrate that their investment will continue to support young people for many more years.

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Category: Support in school

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Share your targets with governors

Once you have confirmed your development plan and targets with your headteacher, share them with your governors. This will help validate your work, show your commitment and demonstrate the scale of your involvement.

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Evidencing your DofE workload and commitment

Share your DofE delivery calendar and expedition calendar with your senior staff to demonstrate workload and commitment, and so that they are up to speed on all the DofE activities.

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Planning ahead for your delivery of DofE programmes

Share your DofE development plan, if you haven’t already, with your head teacher and senior staff. Once you have clear participation numbers you can be much firmer with your targets. This future projection helps to justify investment and spend in the early stages. Outline any additional financial support that you’re hoping to acquire. This plan can help demonstrate your ambition and is also a good opportunity to request extra support for your volunteers (such as ‘time off in lieu’ or free periods to cover DofE work).

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Keeping teachers in the loop

Send all teachers a link to the online e-induction training if they’d like to know more about the DofE. You could also send them a link to a shared file containing the names and eDofE ID numbers of all participants, in case they are asked to be an Assessor. Explain the role of an Assessor and what they should include in their final report, if they’re asked.

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Monitoring pupils' progression

Form tutors and subject teachers can also monitor their pupils’ progress to see if their DofE involvement has a positive impact on their behaviour, attainment or attendance.

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Notifying form tutors and heads of year of enrolled pupils

Send all form tutors and heads of year a list of all their pupils who have enrolled. Ask for their support in ensuring their young people keep on track with their DofE programmes- they could even schedule informal DofE sessions during their form times to catch up.

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Recruiting support

Advertise for volunteers externally using the DofE’s Do-it.org account. Email [email protected] to request a login.

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Seeking additional support with participant administration

Ask for additional support from clerical and administrative teams with collecting participant enrolment forms and consent forms, as well as collecting and processing payments. These teams may also have time to support with setting up eDofE accounts.

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Capturing new volunteers' information for eDofE

Ask new volunteers to complete an enrolment form to ensure you have captured all the relevant information to set them up on eDofE. This also helps to formalise their commitment

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Setting up volunteers on eDofE

Set up all your volunteers on eDofE. If they don’t have a specific role (e.g. Leader or Co-ordinator) then you can add them on as a ‘Helper’. Consider running a training session for them all at once so they can make best use of the system and support participants.

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Inform parents of the requirements for Assessor's Reports

Make sure parents understand what should be included on an Assessor’s Report as they may be supporting their son or daughter to collect theirs. Remind them that neither they nor another family member can be their child’s Assessor.

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Get parents' permissions for photographs

Don’t forget to get the parents’ permissions to take photographs of their sons or daughters whilst doing their DofE activities. These photos are great to use for publicity on your website and in your promotional materials. Permission can easily be gathered through a simple tick box on the enrolment form or a separate model release form.

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Category: Involving parents

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Outlining programme requirements to parents

Send a first letter home to parents and outline the programme requirements and expectations of their son or daughter. Include an explanation of the Welcome Pack and its contents, an overview of eDofE, key contact details, suggested activity ideas, rough costs and key dates for their diaries. Ask for their support and engagement with their young person’s DofE journey and promote the positive outcomes and benefits of achieving a DofE Award (you could include quotes and photos from last year’s participants or link to the DofE Skills site).

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Using social media to raise awareness of your DofE activities

Consider setting up Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to raise awareness of your DofE activities. You could use this to publicise your information events, presentations and training courses and to share photos of participants and their activities to shine a light on their positive work. Check out our ‘Get social!’ guide on the Resource Zone for more help with using social media. If social media access is restricted by your school IT system, you could consider setting up an online noticeboard on the school’s website to house this information.

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