Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
22 May, 2024

From Classroom to Real World: The Duke's Award Journey at PBIS

From Classroom to Real World: The Duke's Award Journey at PBIS - Junior Duke

The International Duke’s Award is not just an academic pursuit; it's an adventure in personal development. It's an experience that empowers our students to embrace challenges and embark on a lifelong journey of self-discovery. Students engage in a variety of personal challenges, ranging from learning first aid to cooking, caring for others, repairing punctures, washing cars, or climbing a hill with their own rucksack.

Each challenge is a stepping stone towards independence and resilience - essential qualities in today’s fast-paced world. The International Duke’s Award at PBIS was launched in September 2023 and we are proud to see our students from Early Years to Secondary school, all working at different levels to complete the award by the end of May 2024.


What makes The Duke’s Award truly special?

The hands-on approach to learning. Every challenge is assessed within our school community by our Duke’s Leaders, who provide guidance and encouragement throughout the students’ journey. Upon completion of 10 out of 14 challenges, students proudly earn The Duke’s Award—a testament to their commitment and newly acquired skills.

We work closely with the Duke of Edinburgh Award team at our Libuš campus, sharing a common goal of inspiring students to grow in confidence and resilience. By reducing the fear of failure and emphasising intrinsic motivation, we prepare our students to take on future challenges with courage and determination. The impact of The Duke’s Award extends beyond the classroom. With amazing feedback from parents who have embarked on this journey with their children, this programme brings families together and fosters a sense of teamwork within households.

Our Senior Dukes and Junior Platinum (Year 6) students participated in an overnight campout at the Libuš campus. They worked together on developing outdoor skills such as setting up camp, cooking on outdoor stoves, and self-care in the great outdoors under the guidance of our dedicated Duke’s leaders, possibly making the first steps towards signing up for DofE in Year 10.

We're immensely proud of our students’ achievements and resilience, and together, we celebrate their accomplishments.