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:
- Delivering better oral health: an evidence based toolkit for prevention (PHE 2014), on the GOV.UK website
- Local authorities improving oral health: Commissioning better oral health for children and young people, an evidence informed toolkit for local authorities (PHE 2014), on the GOV.UK website
- Oral health: approaches for local authorities and their partners to improve the oral health of their communities (NICE 2014), on the NICE website
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
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.