Brent primary schools put their best foot forward

9 December 2016

Daily Mile XmasThe Daily Mile, a simple, but popular well-being routine, has been introduced at seven of Brent's primary schools - and more are considering taking it up.

 

It involves pupils taking 15 minutes out of class to walk, jog or run a mile around their playgrounds, sports facilities or nearby areas, each day.

 

Speaking about the initiative, Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: "As well as helping children's fitness, it also helps engagement and attainment in classes, boosting friendships and confidence - and it is also takes learning outside."

 

Donnington Primary School in Willesden Green have particularly taken to Brent's Daily Mile. Teacher Florence Afolabi was surprised with the overwhelming interest from pupils eager to participate in the mile every day and said: "My pupils remind me that it's time for The Daily Mile. It helps their focus. In Reception parents have become involved that they do it with their children at the weekends! The pupils are its biggest champions."

 

For more information visit www.brent.gov.uk/heartbeats