For Schools

We believe that schools across the country will benefit from implementing The Daily Mile – and it’s really simple!

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Starting The Daily Mile in Schools

We believe that schools all over the world will benefit from implementing The Daily Mile.

Schools that are already involved say that they really value it. Teachers tell us that it improves learning readiness, concentration and behaviour – which leads to better attainment. They see how it builds the children’s confidence, resilience and determination while they are enjoying being outside in the fresh air, running with their friends.

We recommend schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per core principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all of, the way after around 4 weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.

A note to Headteachers

For best results, avoid launching The Daily Mile in your school as a walk. Start as you mean to go on! The Daily Mile is inherently a social activity, whereby the children run and jog together.

Why does The Daily Mile work for schools?

   The Daily Mile is simple and free to implement

   It’s proven to be sustainable – happening all year round, every year

   Always takes place in a safe, risk-assessed school environment

   It helps improve focus, concentration, and behaviour in class

 Physical activity is known to improve attainment

 Teachers can, if they wish, choose to link it to aspects of the curriculum

   It embeds daily physical activity into the school’s approach to Health & Wellbeing

 It helps schools meet the recommendations for daily physical activity outlined by the UK Government

 The children are much fitter and can access Sport and P.E. more readily


Here is a cover letter explaining how you can begin your Daily Mile journey at your school:

Letter To Teachers

To help you start The Daily Mile, you can download a wide variety of supporting materials free of charge from our resources page.

If you have any queries about starting The Daily Mile at your school or nursery, please see our FAQs or contact us.

Finally, don’t forget to add your school to the participation map.

Wishing you all the best on your journey!


Sign up today, Start tomorrow! The Daily Mile by Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist

The Daily Mile is part of a massive journey for the school. We are raising aspirations, showing the children they can be better, and do better. The Daily Mile puts a rocket up their learning. We do it every day, all year round.

Alison Walker, Headteacher at Moat Primary Academy, Gloucester