Hurrah’s, thank goodness someone has finally decided to do what in fact I had suggested when I was Staffs Wing DofE Officer a few years ago when they were offered ‘paid for’ by the GPF. So many Bronze participants do not complete their awards for whatever reason no matter how hard the staff try to encourage them.
This is churlish teddy chuck and direct contradiction of the cadet CV.
When they look at the number of non-completions do they do a proper analysis as to why they don’t complete? The report that came out a while ago had some of the laziest data I think I’ve ever seen presented.
I know at least 3 cadets who have completed levels after leaving the Corps, I was more than happy to sign bits off.
As for subs take by HQAC, no chance of it being reduced. It’s like expecting petrol to be made cheaper just because the oil price drops.
Knowing that some schools charge £250 (both state and independent) for the DofE I don’t see charging for a pack as an issue. We’re going back to the way before free packs but now with the benefit of refund on completion.
I fully support this recent change. We were throwing money away by paying for the bronze books as the proportion of books issued to those actually converted to awards was not anywhere near 100%
DofE should not be a “Core” activity or a prerequisite for that pointless Cadet CV - participation is meant to be voluntary and the ATC seems to have forgotten this in recent years. However we should be strongly encouraging cadets to participate and sharing resources as required to make the expeditions possible.
We offer extraordinarily good value for DofE, though there does seem to be a tendency to drag it out a bit for one reason or another. Actually purchasing the book should help to build a little commitment from the participants while actually making the DofE stats more meaningful, with the incentive of a refund once complete.
I am quite happy for the D of E award to be paid for up front, but I can’t understand why the cost continues to rise at such a high rate when everything is all online based now with no more paper books.