Is your child’s school doing The Daily Mile?
Posted: Fri, 11 May 2018 13:55
The Daily Mile is a national campaign offered by schools which sees teachers take 15 minutes out of their day for kids to run a mile with their friends outside in the fresh air. The campaign is designed to get children more active and the run is completely inclusive, children can take the mile at their own pace.
The Daily Mile started life as the brainchild of former Headmaster of St Ninians Primary School in Stirlings, Elaine Wyllie. She noticed that the fitness of her pupils was not as good as she would have liked and decided to bring in a school-wide policy where pupils had to run one mile around the playground in their uniforms each day.
She started with a one month trial and was amazed with the results. Initially many of the children struggled with the distance but by the end of the trial all of her pupils were able to run the mile and – crucially – they looked forward to the daily run.
Since then, the Daily Mile has become an enormous campaign, taking over the nation as a way to keep children fit and healthy and even coerce better attainment and engagement levels.
At the time of writing, there are more than 1,200 schools in England building the daily mile in as part of their timetable.