What the specialist awards are, what topics you can do specialist awards in and how your school can achieve them.
Once you've achieved the essential award, you can start work on specialist awards. Specialist awards focus on specific health and wellbeing topics.
How your school can achieve a specialist award
To achieve a specialist award you must make changes in your school. This includes:
- changes to the school's physical environment
- making improvements to the curriculum
- investing in leadership and training
You can work on as many specialist awards as you want. Once you've achieved a specialist award it's valid for 3 years.
How long it takes
You must complete a specialist award within 1 year.
How we support you
- work with you and with your school nurse, giving guidance over email
- provide a directory of advice, guidance and resources
- give extra support to schools working in the most deprived areas or with the most vulnerable pupils
How we assess your work
We'll look at your work and compare it to the award criteria. We'll let you know if we you need to do more work to get the award within 4 weeks of you submitting your work.
What you'll get
When your school achieves a specialist award we'll:
- send you a certificate
- send you digital logos that you can add to your website or letterheads
- add you to our Healthy Schools website, so your local community and other schools can learn about the work your staff and pupils did to earn the awards
Creating a school culture that supports positive pupil and staff mental health and helps those with poor mental health.
Creating a culture that promotes healthy eating and drinking, supports cooking and growing food and makes healthy choices possible and attractive.
Tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence (the Bristol ideal award): promoting healthy relationships and gender equality and supporting those at risk of or experiencing abuse.
Making sure pupils get quality, regular and age appropriate PSHE in school.