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DofE Introduction


The DofE Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It includes volunteering, physical activities, life skills and expeditions. Achieving a DofE award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

The DofE has a positive impact on the lives of young people, in terms of their personal development and employability. It also has a positive impact on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.

The 4 Sections

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

Why bother?

  • 82% noted their DofE has made them want to continue with volunteering/voluntary activities.
  • 62% feel that doing their DofE has helped them make a positive difference to their local community.
  • 74% of young people said they developed self-esteem.
  • 74% of young people said it allowed them to try activities they would never have tried before.
  • 71% of young people identified improved self-belief.

Useful Links

  • eDofE – Where you will log all of your information
  • BXM – Who run silver and gold awards
  • DofE Programme ideas for the different sections

Teachers involved

  • Mrs C O-Brien
  • Mr D O’Neill