Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive, flexible personal development programme that gives young people the opportunity to be the very best they can be
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement awards programme for young people and was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip.Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a fantastic opportunity to develop and learn new skills - it's also fun and exciting and looks great on a students CV.
There are three awards levels:
Bronze - for those aged school year 9 and older
Silver - for those aged school year 10 and older
Gold - for those aged 16+ years.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award operates a franchise system to licence Operating Authorities to deliver the DofE to young people.The Integrated Youth Support and Development Service(IYSDS),as part of West Sussex County Council manages The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in West Sussex, and is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of the DofE Programme in Schools, Community Colleges, Youth Wings/Centres, Open DofE Centres and independent organisations.
How to become a DofE Programme provider
In West Sussex we support over 50 centres to deliver DofE to over 10,000 young people.
Schools that wish to deliver the DofE to their students can do so by signing an SLA with West Sussex County Council. West Sussex County Council are at present not making a change to schools or centres who wish to deliver the award to their students, under the WSCC licence. This is unique in the South East as all other authorities charge schools to deliver, however this is further evidence to the commitment the council has to the award, and a recognition of the support and hard work schools give to young people undertaking it.