DofE Leadership Programme

The DofE Leadership Programme is designed to help new (and existing) Leaders develop the skills needed to work with participants and help them get the most out of a DofE programme.

The DofE Leadership Programme training course enables learners to:

– further develop an understanding of the DofE.

– be able to advise participants on their DofE programme.

– be able to manage the delivery process of a DofE programme.

– undertake an active leadership role in a DofE group.

The programme is really aimed at new or less experienced Leaders but there is no reason why Leaders who have been undertaking their role for a while and want to learn more and extend their skills cannot complete the course as well.

The programme has also been designed to help meet the requirements of the Volunteering section for Gold participants who are helping out with a DofE group as part of their Volunteering section activities.

Hopefully, this will help us to ensure that these participants get the most out of their Volunteering section and possibly remain as adults working with the DofE in the longer term.

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DofE Leadership Programme content

e-learning package: this forms the first part of the DofE Leadership Programme introduces learners to the concept of leadership, its different styles and asks them to consider when each might be appropriate to be used. Learners complete and print off a Leadership diary, which not only records their progress through the e-learning but acts as the foundation for some of the sessions in the next elements of the leadership programme.

Teamwork/Leadership skills: this builds on the work that learners undertook in the pre course elearning and looks at the benefits of working in teams, the difference between a team and a group and the stages of team development.

Managing a DofE Group: this helps the learner understand what is needed to run a DofE group. Both of the above two elements of the Leadership Programme are supported by an electronic presentation platform, which course directors can use to support the delivery of the course.

Certificate in practical DofE leadership: the practical leadership element of the programme is an opportunity for participants to put their learning into practice. Acting as a Leader or helper at a DofE group, participants take an active role in planning and running programme activities, developing their leadership skills with the guidance of a mentor (a more experienced DofE Leader). As they do so, they complete a Learning log, which records their activities and allows them to demonstrate that they have understood and acted on their learning.

DofE Leadership Programme resources

Leadership Programme training materials for Course Directors and Tutors (Teamwork & Leadership Skills)

Leadership Programme training materials for Course Directors and Tutors (Managing a DofE Group)