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Taking DofE beyond a ‘middle-class jolly’

Popular award scheme plans expansion – but expert warns that it needs to remain relevant for all students

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme (DofE) could soon become available to every pupil who goes through Scotland’s education system. However, a poverty expert has warned that the award may still seem irrelevant to many pupils from poorer backgrounds.

DofE’s director in Scotland, Barry Fisher said that participation in the scheme had doubled in a decade, with 80 per cent of secondary schools and 90 per cent of learning communities now having active groups.

The long-running programme for people aged 14-25 – best known for the five-day outdoor expedition required to achieve the highest Gold ...

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