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Fife schools empowered to deliver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

​HM Chief Inspector of Education Gayle Gorman has congratulated Fife secondary schools on becoming the second group of local authority schools in Scotland to be licensed to operate the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) programme.

Students and teachers were presented with a DofE Licensed Organisation plaque and certificate at a special presentation at Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline.

The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading youth achievement award, and there are currently more than 46,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across Scotland.

A programme involves volunteering, learning a skill, getting fit, planning and undertaking an expedition out in the country and, at Gold Level, taking part in a week-long residential. Participants develop work-ready skills such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team working.

Gayle said: 'How fantastic to see Fife secondary schools being empowered to run their own programme in partnership with the DofE in Scotland. By having more ownership of the programme in their local area, schools are more likely to be committed to growing the DofE and tailoring it to their own unique needs.'

Barry Fisher, Director of DofE Scotland, said: 'I was absolutely delighted to recognise the leadership and innovation of Fife Schools today. We are excited to be taking the DofE in a new direction by forming stronger relationships with local authority schools delivering the DofE. With the support of all the Schools across Fife, we will enable more young people than ever before to start their DofE journey and develop their skills for life and work.'

Head of Education and Children’s Services for Fife Council, Phil Black, said: 'It is great to see Fife Schools taking the lead in this new partnership arrangement with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Scotland. Great things can be achieved when there is a common purpose and vision.'

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