Getting started

We believe that schools across the world will benefit from implementing The Daily Mile – and, it’s really simple!

Read on below

Starting The Daily Mile in Schools

We believe that schools all over the world will benefit from implementing The Daily Mile.

Schools that are already involved say that they really value it. Teachers tell us that it improves learning readiness, concentration and behaviour – which leads to better attainment. They see how it builds the children’s confidence, resilience and determination while they are enjoying being outside in the fresh air, running with their friends.

We recommend schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per core principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all of, the way after around 4 weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.

A note to Headteachers

For best results, avoid launching The Daily Mile in your school as a walk. Start as you mean to go on! The Daily Mile is inherently a social activity, whereby the children run and jog together.

Implementation Guidance

To make it easy for you to implement The Daily Mile, we’ve put together everything you need to get started; a booklet containing all the information you require, a PowerPoint presentation, a template letter for parents/carers, and a sample risk assessment.

You can download all resources free of charge from our resources page.

There are also a number of videos on our website which show The Daily Mile in action in a variety of settings, as well as a selection of case studies sent in by schools. If you would like your school story to be featured as a Daily Mile case study, please get in touch.

If you have any queries about starting The Daily Mile at your school or nursery, please see our FAQs or reach out to The Daily Mile Foundation directly.

Finally, don’t forget to add your school to the participation map.

Wishing you all the best on your journey!