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We are working with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation to offer our schools new ways to broaden their curriculum. Both our organisations believe that learning should not be confined to the classroom, but should also take place in the school environment and wider community.
Many Cambridge schools tell us that they want to provide students with an opportunity to develop soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and confidence. By offering the Award as non-formal education alongside the academic Cambridge programmes they are able to provide students with a holistic education. Cambridge International schools will receive an exclusive package of benefits to support them as they deliver the Award.
We are working together to develop confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners and create opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service to their local community and experience adventure.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14 to 24 year olds and is the world's leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, and helps them find their purpose, passion and place in the world. Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives; and continues to do so in over 130 countries and territories around the world. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to step outside their comfort zone and recognise their achievements.
The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections:
Participants complete all four sections at each level to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a residential project.
In a poll of more than 500 senior managers commissioned by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the UK, 98% think that young people should invest more time enhancing their soft skills. Nine in ten of the business leaders surveyed revealed they are more likely to employ a candidate who demonstrates achievements beyond grades, and those who show evidence of strong soft skills often progress quicker in the workplace.
We are trialling the joint benefits of the partnership in several countries - Egypt, Indonesia, Spain, India, South Africa, China and Malaysia before we extend the programme to our global community of schools around the world.
Read our student and teacher stories in the left hand panel to find out how Cambridge International schools are successfully running The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.
Schools that are referred by Cambridge International will receive an exclusive package of benefits, which includes:
To receive all of these benefits please apply using one of the forms below.
Already a Cambridge International school?
If you are already a Cambridge International school and want to register for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award please complete The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Expression of Interest form.
Already delivering The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?
If you are already delivering The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and want to become a Cambridge International school please complete Become a Cambridge International school - Expression of Interest form.
Already offering both programmes?
If you are already offering both programmes, we would love to hear your story. Please email Cambridge Outlook. You could be featured in our next edition of Outlook magazine!
Our promotional toolkit is full of materials to help you explain the benefits of offering the International Award alongside the Cambridge Pathway to parents, students and other audiences.
Duke of Edinburgh expression of interest (DOCX, 54KB)