Following the recent reopening of schools, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care via Public Health England (PHE) requests that local authorities use the remainder of the academic year to collect a representative sample of data.
The sample size will be 10% of children in the local area, constructed via selection of schools made by Public Health England. This will enable a national estimate of children’s weight status (including obesity prevalence) for 2020/21 and contribute towards assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s physical health. Schools identified for this year’s representative sample will be contacted directly by the School Nursing Team before the end of the spring term to book a measurement date and provide pre-measurement information for parents and head teachers. If you have any queries at this point please contact: Tracey McCallum TMcCallum@somerset.gov.uk