The Daily Mile, a free and simple physical activity initiative that has been found to have profound effects in improving children’s fitness, concentration, behaviour, mood and overall wellbeing. It is an initiative that can be implemented in schools to increase physical activity among all of our school children. The premise is that teachers take their class outside every day for 15 minutes to run, jog or walk (or a combination of all three) around a designated route. Children simply run in their school clothes and return to class feeling refreshed, energised and ready to learn.

The benefit of the Daily Mile on children doing SATs

It has been proven that physical activity improves fitness and body composition, but it does so much more than that. Whilst Islington teachers have reported improved concentration levels in the classroom, recent studies on the effects of the Daily Mile have shown that doing a 15 minute run during the school day shows improvements in behaviour and cognitive abilities with a reduction in stress levels. These effects are what make the Daily Mile ideal for both Year 2 and Year 6 pupils in the run up to and during their SATs. Please see the attached research on the positive effects of the Daily Mile and more specifically on the positive effects that the Daily Mile had on a cohort of Year 6 pupils that did the Daily Mile prior to and during their SATs (Coppermile Report). I think you will agree that giving children those 15 minutes of running is an investment in both their educational attainment and their physical fitness.

Coppermile Report

Daily Mile research report

For further information please visit the Daily Mile website.

The Daily Mile

If you would like support in implementing the Daily Mile into your school please contact Denise Lake.

Get involved in The Daily Mile - Challenge – free resources for primary schools

London Marathon Events will be setting six Daily Mile challenges for primary schools throughout the year to help keep children active and encourage them to participate in The Daily Mile.  


Resources for these challenges are free for all primary schools registered for The Daily Mile and will give schools everything they need to set up and run the challenge in their school, including an assembly presentation and posters for classrooms.

The first challenge is called ‘London Loop’ and is available now – the children need to run around 15 London landmarks by the end of the half term.  At the end of the challenge schools will get a certificate and the chance to win £500 to spend on equipment to keep their children active. 

Schools need to sign up:

School Sign Up

If you have any queries, please contact Ben Cooper at London Marathon Events


Daily Mile Leaflet

Summer Launch Letter

Daily Mile Inset