This year the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) has had to change because of Covid-19.
Following the recent reopening of schools, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has set out the changes they'd like. They have asked local authorities to use the rest of the academic year to collect a representative sample of data. NCMP is the height and weight checks of Reception and Year 6 children in schools.
The sample size will be 10% of children from a variety of schools across Cornwall. This will mean all school's data will help make a national estimate of children’s weight status for 2020/21. The information will also go towards assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s physical health.
Our School Nursing Team will collect a random selection of data samples. This will be done by weighing and measuring both reception and year 6 pupils. The collection of this data will start in April, undertaken with the safety of all those involved being the priority. A total of 26 schools throughout Cornwall will be selected for NCMP sampling for 2020/21. We will write to schools to let them know if they are chosen to take part.
Doing measurements in all schools this year would have been difficult. This is because of the impact of Covid-19 and the amount of time remaining in the academic year. The NCMP will start again in the next academic year starting September 2021.
If you have any queries, please speak with your school nursing team or contact NCMP@cornwall.gov.uk
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