Facts and figures

The links below offer information on children's and young people's health in your local area. They can therefore be useful in helping to identify the health needs of children in your school and wider community, and how you can best support them through Healthy Schools work.  We will be adding to this section over time, as schools and local networks advise us on what they find most useful.

Public Health England Briefing

The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment: A briefing for headteachers, governors and staff in education settings


Chimat (the Child and Maternal Health Observatory) has published up to date child health profiles for each London Borough. These provide key data on levels of obesity as well as a range of other health issues. The profiles also show how these factors compare to neighbouring boroughs, and include information on    wider determinants of health such as family homelessness, family poverty etc. Profiles can be accessed here.         

National Obesity Observatory

The National Obesity Observatory has a host of information about obesity and its causes, and detailed data based on the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) to which schools have been contributing since 2006. A range of useful background papers is available here.

Public Health Interactive Atlas

An interactive atlas enables you to see data on overweight and obesity for your borough, as well as a smaller geographic area known as a Medium SuperOutput Area. These MSOAs are about half the size of local electoral wards, so offer some very targeted information. The atlas can be viewed here.

What About YOUth? survey – your help to encourage young people to take part
The What About YOUth? survey is an important piece of research collecting information on young people’s health and lifestyles including their health, diet, bullying, smoking, taking drugs and drinking alcohol. The survey has been sent to around 300,000 fifteen year olds across England who were randomly selected to take part Click www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-schools-london/awards//resources/facts-and-figures/what-about-youth-survey to find out more