Children with extreme BMI centiles are classified as “Very thin” (children on or below the 0.4th BMI centile) or “Severely obese” (children on or above the 99.6th BMI centile) and will have a flag added to their record on the pupil grid (to the right of the clinical category field on the Measurement tab). A tool tip will be displayed when hovering over the flag, providing the BMI classification of the child.
Clinical category BMI centile image.
These children are likely to have additional problems and should be referred for further assessment and support. It is therefore recommended that as a minimum duty of care, local areas proactively follow up these children to ensure they are offered appropriate specialist support and care.
Read the NCMP Operational Guidance published by Public Health England (Chapter 5, section 5.10, page 35; section 5.26, page 37), for guidance on how to support children who are flagged in the NCMP IT system with an extreme BMI centile.
The flag for very thin or severely obese is not a warning notification and cannot be suppressed. The flag is simply additional information for users. It will not be possible to remove this red flag if the measurements remain unchanged, however it won’t prevent you from uploading your data.
As well as extreme BMI centiles flags being provided in the pupil grid, a field containing the same information is available in the enhanced extract (available at the end of the collection). If you would like to add this information to extracts available during the collection, then this can be done through add a formula to the Combined extract. See page 33 for details on how to do this.