Participants/Parent & Carers

I am incredibly proud of our DofE students – many of whom have found a multitude of different and interesting activities to complete during lockdown to work towards their sections. I’m really pleased with how many students have engaged in completing their awards.

An update on the expeditions:

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the DofE expeditions for this year – however we have a plan for how we will deliver these next year.

Current year 10: Will complete their Silver expedition in year 11. We are currently waiting for confirmation of the exam timetables for the summer of 2021, however provisionally the dates we have booked are as follows, with the training weekend in April before the exam season, followed by the practise and qualifying expedition once the exams have finished.

                Provisional dates are:

                                Training Weekend: 24th-25th April

                                Practise Weekend: 25th-27th June

                                Qualifying Weekend: 9th-11th July

Any students wishing to complete their Gold Award would be able to start this in year 12 once all their other sections are complete. If any student now wishes to join the scheme to complete in year 11, limited places are still available but I would need to know as soon as possible.

Current year 9: Will complete their Bronze expedition in year 10. Again we are waiting for confirmation of the exam timetables as students will be sitting their RE exam in the summer, however provisionally the dates we have booked are as follows, with the training weekend in April before the exam season, followed by the practise and qualifying expedition once the exams have finished.

Provisional dates are:

                                Training Weekend: 24th-25th April

                                Practise Weekend: 26th-27th June

                                Qualifying Weekend: 10th-11th July

Any students wishing to complete their Silver Award would be able to start this in year 11 once all their other sections are complete. Again, we would ensure that the expeditions were following the exam season. If any student now wishes to join the scheme to complete in year 10, limited places are still available but I would need to know as soon as possible.

Current year 8 moving to year 9: The award will still be running for future year 9 students, with the plan that we will move back to the previous structure of Bronze being completed in year 9 and Silver being completed in year 10. For reference, the provisional dates for the Year 9 Bronze expedition would be as follows:

Provisional dates are:

                   Training Weekend: 24th-25th April

                                Practise Weekend: 26th-27th June

                                Qualifying Weekend: 10th-11th July

 

Current year 11 moving to year 12: We do plan on running the Gold award for year 12 next year – depending on the numbers interested this will either be part of the Entrust open expedition or may be in house organised through school. More information on this will be available in September.               

 

Regarding payments: The initial payments made were the deposits for the expedition with Entrust. These will be carried over to the expeditions next year. Entrust have agreed with us that there will be no increase in prices between this year and next to ensure that students are still able to complete the award. The total amount due will be the same, and so if you want to continue paying for the expedition on parent pay this is fine – the deadlines will be changed for some time next year (probably similar dates).

An update on the other sections:

As you know, many of the activities that students’ had initially planned to complete have had to be postponed or cancelled during the lockdown period, however the Award scheme is recognising different skills, volunteering and physical activities that previously they have not.

If you need more guidance on the activities that you can complete, please have a look on the DofE website:

https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/

If anyone has any queries, please feel free to contact me – at the moment email is probably the best way to get in touch:  M.plant@alleynes.staffs.sch.uk