In a busy world it's too easy to do things for children, but when should they begin to take responsibility for themselves?
Introducing the Junior Duke, the world's leading life skills Award with nine levels for children aged 5-13.
This Award has been running in schools since 2007 and has helped thousands of children aged 5 to 13 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 WaughPrimary Teacher 1994 to 2023 (stopping only to promote Junior Duke!)
Mini Duke & Junior Duke
Silver & Gold
P2 - P3
Years 1 - 2
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
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?
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.