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The Daily Mile

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 profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary or nursery school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training. It's impact can be transformational - improving not only the children's fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behavior 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 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:

  1. It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
  2. Children run outside in the fresh air - and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier
  3. There's no set up, tidy up, or equipment required
  4. Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing is needed
  5. It is social, non-competitive fun
  6. 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

Cornwall Council's Wellbeing and Public Health Service has plans to promote Mile a Day or similar schemes in schools across Cornwall from January 2018.  To encourage schools to get involved, we're asking that if you are already taking part in the Daily Mile, K a Day or similar that you share your story with us!  We only need a small amount of information, so not lots of extra work for you – see the suggested template.  We'll publish your case study on our site, and highlight the great work you are doing in your school! We're asking for schools to feed back to us about their work by Christmas 2017 please.  Contact us for more information. 



The Daily Mile in Cornish Schools

Pondhu Primary School

"Pondhu School was the first primary school in Cornwall to initiate a Daily Mile exercise plan.

We were concerned that low levels of fitness and stamina, along with some weight problems, were preventing some children from fully engaging in physical activities. This had been particularly noticeable in events such as racing events in sports day, outdoor visits and high-energy P.E. lessons. We were also concerned about the long-term health and wellbeing of these children.

In addition, evidence that exercise can have an extremely beneficial effect on children’s attention levels, learning and attainment, led us to the decision to include a daily mile activity in the school timetable for all of our children.

The idea came from St. Ninians School in Scotland, where the children had been doing a daily mile since 2012. After seeing an item about the initiative on television, our P.E. coordinator contacted the school to find out more and has been liaising with the school ever since.

Our younger children ‘train’ for the Mile-a-Day with a brisk walk or jog for ten minutes every day. As the children move through the school, they aim to complete a whole mile at their own pace. Teachers chose an appropriate time for their class to take part; many chose to have a physical break in lessons to refresh mental ability. This has proven to be especially beneficial for those children with sensory needs and those with shorter concentration spans.

For variety, teachers include ideas such as aiming for personal targets for time and distance, class fastest run targets, shuttle runs and team activities supporting each other.

The Mile-a-Day sessions contribute to providing two hours of quality P.E. each week.

All staff are encouraged to join in as good role models and for their own health and wellbeing.

The school invested in laying down a purpose built track around the school field and another more challenging uphill track. Some of our Sports Funding was used to finance this undertaking.

We have seen many benefits of Mile-a-Day. All children are now more able to walk or run longer distances and general fitness has improved. The children have become more aware of their own level of fitness and are keen to keep improving. They thoroughly enjoy the activities and we have seen a general change in attitude towards exercise and keeping fit. For them, the day is not complete without having done their daily mile! Breaking up a lesson with physical exercise has led to more attentive learners with all its associated benefits.

We consider our Mile-a-Day to be an important and beneficial part of the curriculum ."