Year 10 student, Yusuf Noor can only communicate using sign language so this posed new challenges for the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) team. However with Yusuf’s help, we have come up with some interesting solutions.
When looking at the issues that may arise on the Expedition, he offered his services to run classes on sign language for other pupils on the award to help them all communicate when on away on Expedition. This is something that is obviously of the utmost importance.
This will not only give Yusuf his Volunteering / Skills sections of the award, but allow the others to get their skills section completed.
Note: there are many different activities to choose from in the DofE programme. These are categorised into 5 different sections, namely, Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential
This innovative approach to the award has gained the school further attention from the Duke of Edinburgh’s head office for the excellent work we do with pupils and the commitment allowing any pupil a chance to gain their Bronze Award.
The sign language classes were initially planned for DofE students, but they are now open to all Manchester Academy staff and students who are interested in learning BSL (British Sign Language).
By Ms Riley
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Coordinator