We know that doing a DofE programme can have a huge impact on young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

DofE Leaders in schools and centres all over the UK do amazing work supporting their students to achieve their Awards.

Now we want to build a clear picture of what young people with SEND gain from doing their DofE. So, we’ve commissioned education research specialists Chrysalis Research to conduct research on our behalf.

If you’re a DofE Manager, Leader or Co-ordinator working with young people with SEND, we need your help to make sure we hear from as many voices as possible.

What we need you to do

We’re asking you to act as a champion of this research by inviting others to give their views through short, anonymous surveys.

This includes students, relevant staff in your school or centre, participating students’ parents and any former students who did their DofE during their time with you.

Please note that the deadline for completing the surveys has been extended until 29 February 2020.

We’ve prepared short template invitations that you can use when sharing the surveys – feel free to adapt them as you like.

The surveys

– School / centre staff – survey and template invitation

Please complete this survey yourself and distribute it to senior Leaders in your school, other colleagues who help run the DofE or those who can comment on how students have developed as a result of doing their DofE.

Start survey


– Students – survey

Please encourage current students who have done their DofE to complete this. If your students would rather complete a printed survey, you can use this printable version and email completed surveys to [email protected].

Please read over these useful FAQs before completing the survey with your students.

Start survey


– Parents – survey and template invitation

Please share this with parents of students who have achieved at least one DofE Award.

Start survey


– Former students – survey and template invitation

Please share this with any former students who have achieved at least one DofE Award, if you are able to contact them.

Start survey


Thank you so much for helping us with this important research, and for everything you do to help young people do their DofE.

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