Learning an Instrument tops the bill for DofE Award Scheme

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, students need to complete the  ‘Skills section’ of the course. The skills section is about developing practical and social skills and personal interests.  By choosing to develop a particular skill, students will  boost their self esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge.  It should also be good fun too!

Opera superstar Katherine Jenkins achieved her Silver Award – and unsuprisingly did singing for her Skills section, studying for her Associated Board of Music Singing Exams – getting a higher grade for her Silver than Bronze.  She said:
“If you love something – work hard, be focused and discplined  and then you will be ready for when the right opportunity comes your way.  My personal motto is ‘it’s never crowded on the extra mile’ – I am so grateful I had the opportunity to do my DofE at school”.

The D of E Officer for B&NES County Council has recently revealed some fascinating statistics regarding the most popular skills chosen for development by students. ‘Playing a musical instrument’ came top of the list for all three medals-Bronze, Silver and Gold-with 41% of students choosing this for their bronze skills section!