What the dental health specialist award is and what your school needs to do to achieve it.

About the dental health specialist award

The dental health specialist award supports schools to:

  • teach pupils about good dental hygiene
  • teach pupils about the impact of diet on teeth
  • reduce any fear pupils might have about visiting a dentist

It outlines the important role schools have in supporting families to register and attend a local dentist and highlights simple changes schools can make to reduce sugar intake.

The award is informed by national and local guidance, including:

What your school needs to do to achieve the award

You must make changes in your school to improve dental health. This could include:

  • changes to the school's physical environment
  • making improvements to the curriculum 
  • investing in leadership and training

You must complete the award within 1 year.

Use our online system to:

  • see the award criteria and guidance 
  • tell us you're starting to work towards a specialist award
  • send us evidence of your work
  • track your progress
  • submit your finished work

Go to the online system

Download the pdf award criteria (884 KB)

Guidance and resources

We have advice, training and resources, such as lesson plans and example policies, on our Dental Health topic page

After you achieve the award

We'll send you:

  • a certificate
  • awards logos to use on your website or letterheads

After you achieve the dental health specialist award you can work towards a dental health advanced award