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National Child Measurement Programme

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -

The latest figures for the NCMP, from the 2017/18 school year, were published by NHS Digital. The report is available online here:

An additional visualisation of this data that gives local authority level data and includes a time series, is available at the following link: NCMP data visualisation tool

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NCMP Trends In Children’s Body Mass Index 2006/07-2016/17: Slide Set Presentation

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, July 26, 2018 -

PHE Risk Factors Intelligence has produced a slide set presentation of trends in children’s body mass index 2006/07-2016/17 using National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data. It shows that the proportion of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) with severe obesity has reached the highest point since records began and that stark health inequalities continue to widen. It also shows an upward trend of excess weight, obesity and severe obesity in Year 6 children; a downward trend of excess weight, overweight, obesity and severe obesity in Reception age boys; and a downward trend of underweight in Reception age boys and girls, and Year 6 girls.


The PowerPoint slides present key data and information on the trends in child body mass index from the NCMP in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. They show overall trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight, severe obesity and underweight prevalence over time. The slides can be downloaded and used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England. The slides are also available to download from the PHE Obesity Intelligence KHub Public Library

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NCMP and GDPR Guidance from PHE

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -
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NCMP LA Profile Updated - Now Includes Severe Obesity

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, February 22, 2018 -



The NCMP Local Authority Profile online data tool for child obesity for England was updated on 9 January 2018.  This annual update adds data for the academic year 2016 to 2017 at local authority (LA) level.  It also includes a new 'severe obesity' indicator, not reported on separately before.  Severely obese children are at risk of developing a number of serious acute and chronic health problems.  These children therefore pose a significant concern in terms of their health and well-being, and may require the provision of specialist services.  Although in relative terms the prevalence of severe obesity is low, in absolute terms this represents a large number of children nationally (14,787 Reception children and 22,646 Year 6 children).  Severe obesity prevalence in children has strong associations with ethnic group, deprivation and sex and there is significant variation in prevalence across the country.


The NCMP tool displays prevalence of obesity, overweight, healthy weight and underweight at local, regional and national level over time, for children in Reception (aged 4 to 5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years).  Users can compare LA data by region or between 'CIPFA nearest neighbours' (LAs with similar characteristics).  The tool also presents inequalities in obesity prevalence by sex, deprivation and ethnic group by LA.  In addition trend data for England, for obesity prevalence and overweight (including obese) prevalence in boys and girls has been brought together in one place.  A short statistical

commentary can be found here

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Training Nutrition for School Nurses Provided from March – Burdett Trust for Nursing

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National Child Measurement Programme 2017 Resource Survey

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 -

PHE Children, Young People and Families team is seeking views of colleagues involved in the local commissioning and delivery of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) on the existing resources that Public Health England (PHE) provides to support the programme. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey at the link below. The survey asks for your views on the NCMP Operational Guidance, national template letters, leaflets for parents, and elected members briefing. Your feedback will inform PHE’s work programme in updating these resources for the next school year. Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues involved in the NCMP who may also like to take part in the survey.


We would be grateful if you could complete the survey at the link below by 31st January:


Survey web link:


Please note that if your session remains idle for more than 5 minutes, the survey will automatically close and your survey will show as incomplete. We therefore recommend that you set aside 10-20 minutes to complete this survey. To end the survey correctly click 'done' on the final page.



Please contact if you have any queries.

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NCMP National Report

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, November 06, 2016 -

Changes in children’s body mass index between 2006/7 and 2014/15

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