The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional 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.
Research has shown that The Daily Mile can even increase attainment in primary school, and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they have started The Daily Mile.
The Daily Mile team want every child to have the opportunity to do a daily mile at primary school, and are now working to build a The Daily Mile community with schools, local councils, sports bodies and other supporters in the UK and beyond!
The Daily Mile works because it is simple and free:
- It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
- Children run outside in the fresh air - and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier
- There's no set up, tidy up, or equipment required
- Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing is needed
- It is social, non-competitive fun
- It is fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile
Cornwall Healthy Schools strongly encourage all primary schools in Cornwall to take up The Daily Mile in their settings and will gladly help any school to implement The Daily Mile.
The Daily Mile in Cornish Schools
To encourage other schools to get involved, we asked schools that are already taking part in the The Daily Mile to share their story with us.
The following document contains case studies from several of the schools currently implementing The Daily Mile into their day; it showcases the many benefits that the initiative brings to both the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of pupils and staff members:
- The Daily Mile website
- The Daily Mile booklet
- Teachers advice
- Parental evaluations
- Letter to parents
- What children like
- The Daily Mile presentation
- Risk assessment
- A5 Flyer
- Case Studies