10 Steps To Success

Discover Elaine’s top ten tips for The Daily Mile success!

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Elaine’s top 10 essentials for schools

The Daily Mile is easy to implement and fun to do. In my experience, even children who are reluctant to take part in P.E. enjoy and participate happily in The Daily Mile. Children with mobility difficulties should be fully supported to take part as well. Here are my top ten essentials for getting started with your own Daily Mile.

If you stick to these principles, you will be successful!


The children have the freedom to run in the fresh air with their friends. They should know that it’s not a competition – many will mix running and walking, particularly at the start.

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It’s fully inclusive – all the children are out together and children with ASN benefit greatly.


Treat the weather as a benefit not a barrier – children respond to the seasons. Jackets on in the cold and damp; ditch the sweatshirt if it’s warm.


A track or path with a minimum of 5–10 laps works well. It’s okay to have more laps depending on your setting.


Takes place in a 15-minute turnaround from leaving the classroom until returning. Try to go out every day – it’s easier for the children and they get the full benefits.


Do a risk assessment for your path or playground – there is a sample risk assessment, which can be found here


No need to warm up – straight outside and off they go.


No kit required. The children go out in their school clothes.


Allow the children to own their Daily Mile. They can choose to run, walk or jog – or mix all three – but should be encouraged to do some running.


Resist the temptation to make it too complicated as its simplicity makes it both successful and sustainable.

It's fantastic to see initiatives like The Daily Mile be established, showing real leadership from the education sector to improve children's fitness levels, their cognitive behaviour and make a real different to schools, teachers, parents and young people's lives. We know sitting still kills; not sitting still helps children build skills that will stay with them for life.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson