In a busy world it's too easy to do things for children, but when should they begin to take responsibility for themselves?
Introducing Capable Kids, founders of the Mini Duke and Junior Duke Awards - an award scheme for primary-aged children to encourage and develop valuable life skills.

We at the Junior Duke, are very sad to hear of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip.

As well as being the inspiration behind our Junior Duke, The Duke of Edinburgh and his Award Scheme were instrumental in the way so many of us have grown up and developed into the adults we are now.

The memories I have of my own journey through the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh are vivid and still make me laugh! My friends and I learned so much by having slight disasters on bikes, at campsites, cooking very badly, swimming in Loch Torridon...and having to work out ways of coping and solving problems with no adult in sight.

I would like to thank HRH Prince Philip for all he did in creating an amazing Award and very much hope that he will now be able to oversee hundreds of expeditions and see the joy and life lessons he initiated. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her family at this sad time, Dawn

About Junior Duke - We all hope that our children succeed in school, achieve good results and go on to do great things with their lives. However, their general wellbeing and happiness plays a huge part in his or her future success. For this reason, working on helping our children to develop their self-confidence and independence from an early age is crucial.

We often hear in the news that our ‘young people’ are leaving school ill-equipped to manage in the modern workplace (as well as with the ups and downs of early adulthood) and that there is a general lack of suitable life skills. The Mini and Junior Duke is there to help with that by giving children the opportunity to participate in a variety of new experiences. It teaches them that it is good to ‘have a go’ and challenges them to learn new and varied skills from an early age. By enrolling in the award, children will learn that you may not always succeed first time and that is okay. This helps them to develop the resilience they will need throughout their lives.

This Award has been running in schools since 2007 and has helped thousands of children aged 6 to 12 to realise their abilities and, for some, to discover new talents and passions.

I hope that, over the years, thousands more children can achieve new heights and grow in confidence through taking up this Junior Duke challenge.

Dawn Waugh

Primary Teacher 1994 to date

Mini Duke & Junior Duke

Award Schemes

Silver Mini Duke Award Badge
Gold Mini Duke Award Badge
Bronze Junior Duke Award Badge
Silver Junior Duke Award Badge
Gold Junior Duke Award Badge
Platinum Junior Duke Award Badge

Mini Duke

Silver & Gold

P2 - P3
Years 1 - 2

Junior Duke

Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum

P4 - P7
Years 3 - 6

Awards, Structure & Benefits

Duke Award Ideas!

Children in the Mini and Junior Duke Awards have completed a range of personal challenges including First Aid, learning to swim, cookery, domestic challenges, caring for others, puncture repair, washing the car, climbing a hill whilst carrying your own rucksack, polishing your shoes, making a sandwich, reading The Broons, making a presentation, playing Monopoly or chess and many other fun things!

Meet A Junior Duker

Bronze Award

As part of his Junior Duke Bronze Award, a P4 pupil from Edinburgh interviewed five-time Olympic skier and acclaimed broadcaster Graham Bell - one of the UK's greatest ever Winter Olympians.

Q1. What make of skis did you have?

Q2. How many medals did you win?

Q3. What was your favourite ski resort?

Q4. Who was your favourite teacher at school?

Q5. Did you ever bunk off school to go skiing?

Q6. Would you like to have a race against me at Hillend?

Q7. Which skier inspired you when you were young?

Q8. Next time you're in Edinburgh would you like to come to my school to speak to our pupils?


Taking Part

There is no cost to the school. When a child is interested in taking part, he or she pays a small amount and the school will be sent the age-appropriate booklet, badge and certificate. So what are you waiting for? Email us today!

In a recent QUIPE inspection report, the Junior Duke Award Scheme received a special commendation for 'innovative practice' and was described as 'sector leading'. They suggested that it should be shared amongst other schools.

Having just completed its 13th year, the award scheme has become more and more successful and is being made available to children in every school across Scotland. In its 13th year, 23 schools offered the award to their children and almost 2700 school children are taking part.

Years of Mini & Junior Duke!
Children participating in 2021-2022!
Schools participating in 2021-2022!

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