Making the most of the DofE in schools

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Approach governors for extra support

Consider approaching governors to become volunteers too – they could support as Assessors, Verifiers or even as mentors for participants to ensure they keep on track of their programmes.

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Plan what resources you'll need for the year ahead

Outline the resources you’ll require to support DofE delivery for the year (including staff numbers, time commitment and financial support). Include the key benefits of DofE participation for students and the school to justify your work and encourage support. You can use the report from last year’s outcomes to give tangible examples. A three-year development plan can help to show how any investment will support the growth of DofE activities for years to come and may include your predictions on future participation levels, as well as the staff level required to support this. This could include expanding your DofE offering to support pupils on an ‘alternative curriculum pathway’. You can hear more about one schools experience here.

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Reporting back on last year's successes

Produce a report on the previous year’s DofE successes (e.g. number of Awards achieved, number of young people progressing onto the next level, improved attainment and attendance statistics of participants and the destinations of school leavers who also achieved their Awards). Anecdotal quotes and feedback could also be included. This will help to demonstrate the positive impact of DofE activities on the whole school and encourage continued support for your work.

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Create a DofE calendar

Create a calendar (online or printed) recording all of your important DofE activities. It could include dates for information evenings, meetings and drop-in sessions, training courses and expedition dates. Share it with volunteers and key staff so that they are informed and can avoid clashes with other activities. This will demonstrate to senior staff the time and resources required to support DofE delivery.

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Recruit subject teachers as sectional assessors

General subject teachers could be recruited as a Supervisor or an Assessor, depending on their discipline or hobbies. Create a list of those who are happy to volunteer their time for this purpose and advertise it to your participants who are choosing their sectional activities.

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Providing teachers with incentives

Remind teachers that DofE activities will help them build better relationships with their students and can also support CPD. It will help them gain new skills and training (e.g. first aid) and provide leadership opportunities. New teachers are a great group to engage – they will have less responsibilities and it can be a great way for them to integrate into school life.

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