At the beginning of the year, the Junior Duke lead teachers launch the award via a whole school assembly. During this time, students are exposed to the content and structure of the awards and an insight into what sorts of experiences they might be involved in. If students are keen to be a part of this, they can sign up via a payment link that is sent out at this time. Upon receiving payment, students receive a booklet which is to be completed as a feature of the programme.
There is a cost of 100 AED per child which covers the cost of the booklet, certificate and badge.
Each booklet outlines the fourteen challenges which need to be completed. There is a writing element to each of the challenges and a page for inserting photographic evidence. Upon completion of a challenge, students take their booklet to their “Duke Leader”, who will sign it off. Once ten challenges have been completed and signed off, they will have completed the level.
Upon completing a level, house points, a certificate and a badge are awarded during assembly. For those who complete the platinum award, a special awards ceremony takes place to mark the end of this prestigious journey.
If a level remains incomplete by the end of the school year, children may carry it on into the next year. Unfortunately, the scheme does not run in the Senior School, so children working on their Platinum level need to ﬁnish by the end of summer term.