Research conducted by King’s College London (Division of Health and Social Care Research) evaluated how The Daily Mile is being implemented in the borough of Lewisham (South London, UK) and what implications this has for its potential on population health.
Of the 69 schools in the borough, 22 schools (48%) had adopted The Daily Mile by September 2018. There were no significant differences between adopters and non-adopters in mean school population size, mean percentage of children eligible for free school meals, or mean percentage of children from Black or Minority Ethnic populations. In addition, some teachers, particularly in schools with higher numbers of pupils from lower socio-economic status households, suggested The Daily Mile as a way of countering structural disadvantage.
A wider range of benefits from engaging in the initiative were also identified by participating Teachers and Head Teachers. The benefits were most pronounced, they argued, for children who might not get as much physical activity in their day.
Benefits reported by teachers included:
- Improvement in children’s fitness
- Positive peer-to-peer and teacher-student relationships
- Better concentration in class
- The Daily Mile made contributions to other parts of the curriculum, which enhanced learning outcomes
Read the full article online, published in BMC Public Health on 27th August 2019.