Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with SLD pupils


This week I had the pleasure of sending off NINE completed Bronze Award books for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  For any teenager this is an achievement, for mine who all have an identified SLD this is amazing. It’s also the first time that pupils from my school have completed the award.

We have done the Award during timetabled Enrichment time  – pupils all come on school transport so after school just wasn’t going to happen.

My gang – four girls (autism, Downs, profoundly deaf, epileptic and never spent a night away from home) and five boys (autism, Downs, SLD in combination) and two teaching assistants, one of whom had also never camped before!


We learnt to play the handchimes. Pupils were not content to just play the notes when I pointed at them, they decided that they wanted to be conducting. We stuck to simple music (Twinkle Twinkle,  London’s Burning, Happy…

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