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The International Award at SCIE
The INTERNATIONAL AWARD (IA) is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E Award)
Concept The Award concept is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.
Principles The criterion for gaining an Award is individual improvement through persistence and achievement, taking into account the participant's initial capabilities, and without any element of competition between participants. Participation is entirely voluntary and the individual participant has a completely free choice in the selection of the locally available options within the four Sections.
Format The IA program has 3 Levels of Award – students are encouraged to start with the Bronze Award
BRONZE
SILVER
GOLD
Each Award has 4 Sections which must be completed before the Award can be presented
Table 1 - Awards, sections and time requirements
 

Sections  (see later notes for 

descriptions)

Awards (min. time needed for completion in months)
  Bronze Silver Gold
1 Service 3 6 12
2 Skills 3 6  
3 Physical recreation 3 6  
4 Adventurous journey 2 days + 1 night (2 x 6hour days) 3 days + 2 nights (3 x 6hour days) 4 days + 3 nights (4 x 6hour days)
5 Residential project n/a n/a 5 day / 4 night residential project
6 Additional + an extra 3 months in phys. rec. / skills / or services Non bronze holders + an extra 6 months in phys. rec. / skills / or services Non silver holders + an extra 6 months in phys. rec. / skills / or services
  Total time 6 12 (6 months if Bronze holder) 18 (12 months if silver holder)
Note: Students can take as long as they want to complete each Award – the maximum age limit for completion of awards is 25!
As a general rule – students should spend an hour on each section per week if they want to complete each award in the minimum time shown in Table 1
E.g. to gain a Bronze award –
First 3 months -            total per week = 3 hours
1.service                1 hour per week
2.skill                 1 hour per week
3.physical recreation          1 hour per week
3 – 6 months            - total per week = 1 hour
Spend 1 hour per week undertaking activities in only one section – either services, skills or phys. rec.
Other time commitments – 2 weekends, for practice and undertaking the adventurous journey
The Process
PLAN (set goals) → DO → REVIEW (sign off on completion)
Plan
   The IA program is coordinated by the School’s Award Leader/s
   The Award Leaders will act as Mentors for students on the program and will provide information and assistance for all staff involved in the scheme
   Students sign onto the Award Scheme – this is coordinated by the Award Leader
   Students chose activities in each section – the Award Leaders offer advice and guidance on suitability of each activity
When choosing activities -
   There is no set syllabus or common standard to achieve
   Students should choose activities that interest them Once the activity in each section has been chosen, the student approaches a responsible adult / or teacher (an Activity Coach!) who is knowledgeable and experienced in that activity (e.g. teachers running ECAs).
   The Activity Coach will help the student set challenging and realistic goals based on the individual skills and aptitude of the student
Doing the activity
   Participants carry out their activity and strive to achieve their goal. Once they have pursued the activity for at least the minimum period, and shown persistence and improvement, they then get their Record Book signed by the Activity Coach or Assessor.
An Activity Coach (e.g. ECA Teacher), in addition to being knowledgeable, experienced, and, where appropriate, qualified in the activity should also:
   Act as a coach, mentor and advisor
  Set challenges and goals for the student
  Sign the student’s record book on a regular basis – charting participation and progress
  Discuss progress with the participant
  Give advice on suitable interim targets to achieve
  Allow the participant to learn from the experiences
  Review with the student their progress and achievement on completion
Students can do the activities on their own or in groups
Students will be issued with Record books – it is important that these are kept up to date as they provide the evidence that students are participating in different activities and meeting the award requirements
   Students are also encouraged to keep a journal or diary to record their experiences – not compulsory
Reviewing
   The Activity Coach and participant should review each activity from time to time to give the participant an opportunity to raise any concerns. At the end of each Section, there should be a final review. This should look back over the entire process and look at what happened, how the participant felt, and what was learned from the experience. Participants should also be encouraged to look forward to see how they can apply what they have learned to their life.
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