Below you'll find some top tips to engage each of the different groups connected to DofE activities in your school. If you have any other tips to share, please do send them through to [email protected].
You (DofE Leader/Co-ordinator/Manager)
These activities can be split amongst more than one member of the team.
PUBLICISE Update the school's website with photos, quotes and the Award achievements of the year so far to help attract new participants and volunteers and to raise awareness of your work. You might also consider using social media; see here for some example posts.
EXTRA SUPPORT Some of your participants may have unsupportive families and require extra motivation - make sure they have access to IT if needed and support on using eDofE. They may also require extra help finding activities for each of their sections (suggest opportunities that are within the school to make them more accessible).
MOTIVATE Use the appeal of starting the next level up to encourage participants to complete their current programme. Don't let them progress until they have had everything in their current level signed off.
EXPEDITION Ensure all participants have entered their expedition aims and goals on eDofE before their qualifying expedition. This will save a lot of chasing afterwards.
PROGRESS UPDATE Host a DofE slot at parents' evening (or integrate your progress update into your general subject feedback) to give updates on student's progress. This is also a great opportunity to recruit parents as volunteers.
For Governors and the PTA
HIGHLIGHTING IMPACT Attend the Governors' meeting and present an update (or contribute to a report in advance) on the DofE activities and achievements of the year so far. Focus on progress made towards targets (participation numbers and completion numbers) and positive outcomes (using quotes and photographs). This will help build continued support for the DofE and raise awareness of your work.