The Daily Mile is a free and simple initiative that involves nursery and primary school pupils running or jogging for 15 minutes per day, at a time of their class teacher’s choosing. In this time, most children will average a mile or more. Some may do less, but this is fine.

To make it easy for you to implement The Daily Mile, we’ve put together everything you need to get started.

Read on below

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional, social and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary or nursery school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training.

Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

If you have any queries about starting The Daily Mile at your school, please see our FAQs, ask on our Twitter or Facebook, or even reach out to Elaine directly.

If you feel additional/alternative resources would be helpful, please do let us know!

Our Resources

The Daily Mile Booklet What Children Like

Teachers’ Advice The Daily Mile Presentation

Parental Evaluations Risk Assessment

Letter To Parents A5 Flyer


Growing evidence suggests that doing The Daily Mile is a simple, fun and effective way to improve children’s wider health and wellbeing, in addition to their physical fitness.

A recent study carried out by the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh has found that “a child’s attention and memory improves after exercise”. Their study is part of the BBC Learning’s ‘Terrific Scientific’ campaign. A lead researcher of the project, Dr Brooks, concluded – “Ultimately, we found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood, attention and memory – enhancing their ability to learn.” You can view the study, here:

Additionally, check out The Coppermile Report to learn how children’s fitness, behaviour, personal self-efficacy and SATS results improved after doing The Daily Mile for 3 months. This research was carried out by Fitmedia Fitness on behalf of the London Playing Fields Foundation.

The Coppermile Report