A Scottish head teacher has walked away from the Pride of Britain Awards with the Teacher of the Year accolade after spearheading a simple yet effective initiative – of making her pupils run a mile every day.
Elaine Wylie, from St Ninians Primary School in Stirling, began the Daily Mile program four years ago after learning that the young students were struggling during warm-up exercises before PE class. When she requested a group run around the field, many could barely run a lap.
Thus the Daily Mile program came to life. Having now been adopted by 20 other schools within the Stirling area, her entire school – from nursery to P7 – run or walk a mile each day, or 15 minutes, around the school’s track, affectionately known as The Yellow Brick Road.
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