What is the Junior Dukes Award?

Junior Dukes is an award scheme inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh Award and aimed at primary pupils that encourages the development of valuable life skills. There are seven levels:

  • Micro Duke (YR)
  • Silver Mini Duke (Y1)
  • Gold Mini Duke (Y2)
  • Bronze Junior Duke (Y3)
  • Silver Junior Duke (Y4)
  • Gold Junior Duke (Y5)
  • Platinum Junior Duke (Y6)


What experiences are students involved in as a result?

Each of the levels contain ten challenges. In order to complete a level, pupils need to complete seven of these challenges successfully.

Challenges include mastering skills such as first aid, ICT, art, drama, music, sport, cookery, amongst a variety of other experiences.

Pupils will be required to complete the challenges outside of school with help from friends and family, although support will be given in school where needed.


How does the Junior Duke benefit our students?

The skills gained through taking part in the Duke awards are valuable for our students both in school and in later life. Pupils gain confidence, independence, resilience and adaptability when embarking on the challenges within each level. By taking part in the Duke awards, pupils become better equipped to deal with the everyday challenges. Children love to do things without help. They simply need the time and space to explore, learn from their mistakes and to learn to be safe.


How you can get involved?

At the beginning of the year, the Junior Duke lead teachers launch the awards via school assemblies.

During this time, pupils are exposed to the content and structure of the awards and an insight into what sorts of experiences they might be involved in. Every pupil from YR-Y6 is given the opportunity to participate. Pupils will then receive a booklet which is to be completed as a feature of the programme.



Each booklet outlines the ten 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, pupils take their booklet to their “Duke Leader”, who will sign it off.

Once seven challenges have been completed and signed off, they will have completed the level. Upon completing a level, a certificate and a badge are awarded during our celebration assembly.

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