National School Measurement Programme
This is a national measurement programme of children in Reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11) to identify overweight and obesity levels in children in primary schools that over 99% of eligible schools in England participate in. It involves measuring a child’s weight (in kilograms) and their height (in metres) and then their body mass index is calculated (which takes into account their height, weight, age and sex). The East Riding of Yorkshire Council writes to parents and carers of children at our school eligible for measurement to inform them of the programme. Parents or carers can choose to withdraw their child from the process by responding to the letter if they wish.
It’s important to note that an individual children’s results are fed back to parents but are not shared with school staff or other pupils.
We know from this programme 15% of reception aged children and 30% of year 6 aged children in the East Riding are overweight or obese. That means in a year group of 50 children, 7 – 8 will be overweight or obese in reception increasing to 15 by year 6.
Growing healthily and maintaining a healthy weight is important not only for a child’s physical, social and mental well-being but also for their capacity to do well at school.
How can I help my child to be a healthy weight?
Select the links to learn more about physical activity, healthy eating, the NHS Live Well has top tips on how to promote a healthy lifestyle. Change4life is full of fun ideas to keep your child healthy including information on sugar swaps, 10 minute shake-ups, me-sized meals and the Eatwell Guide.
If you have concerns about your child's weight, we recommend speaking to your GP or health visitor.