Duke of Edinburgh

At Fram, we offer the opportunity for students to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award*.

The programme begins in Year 9, with the most significant training being completed during Activities Week. At that time, students:

  • are trained in expedition-focused first aid
  • complete team-building exercises at an outdoor adventure centre
  • have further training on route planning, use of trangias for cooking and how to put tents up and down

They then head out on their Practice Expedition from school on the Thursday to complete one day accompanied walking and then a second day of unaccompanied walking.

Commitment is required as there are a number of meetings that need attending before Activities Week; this commitment is also required as they continue into Year 10 before they complete their Qualifying Award, which is externally assessed.

After taking part in their Qualifying Award they will need to deliver a presentation on their group’s ‘purpose’ – a group focus during the expedition.

The D of E programme is great for all kinds of people, whether they have never camped or been on long walks before, or if they spend their weekends this way. Teamwork is the most significant focus; self-motivation and commitment follow closely, but once completed, they will undoubtedly feel a sense of personal achievement.

*Places are limited.

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