Core Principles

Follow these “10 steps to success” to ensure your primary or nursery school succeeds with The Daily Mile.

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The Daily Mile is easy to implement and fun to do. All children enjoy it and participate happily. Children with mobility difficulties should be fully supported to take part as well.

If you stick to these core principles, your Daily Mile will be successful and sustainable!


It takes just 15 minutes with no time spent changing, setting up or tidying up. Transitions between class and route should be slick.


The Daily Mile is physical activity in a social setting and must be fun for the children. They can chat to their friends as they run along enjoying the experience together.

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It’s always fully inclusive – every child, every day. They should all be out together in the fresh air. Children with mobility difficulties should be supported to take part.


Treat the weather as a benefit, not a barrier. Children enjoy being outside in the different types of weather, connecting with nature and being aware of the seasons.


Ideally, your Daily Mile route should have a firm and mud-free surface – most schools use the playground or an existing path. Incorporating child-pleasing loops and squiggles works well.


Risk assess the route in order to ensure The Daily Mile is a safe activity. Please see a sample risk assessment, here.


The Daily Mile should happen during curricular time, at least 3 times a week. Ideally, the class teacher should decide when to go out – they know their class and can respond flexibly to their needs.


The children run in their school clothes without changing into kit, putting jackets on if it’s cold or damp and taking sweatshirts off if it’s warm.


The children go at their own pace. Done properly, it’s not a walk – able-bodied children should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes with only occasional stops to catch their breath, if necessary.


Keep it simple. Resist the temptation to over complicate it. It should always be social and fun. From time-to-time, you may wish to connect it to the curriculum or do something seasonal, for example, running ‘Laps to Lapland’.

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.

Lady Tanni Grey-Thomson