All primary school pupils should run daily mile, says UK’s richest man

iNews is reporting that Jim Ratcliffe, a billionaire chemical engineer, is calling for the daily mile charity project to be introduced nationwide, with schools legally required to take part.

He spoke out amid frustration that the government has failed to deliver on pledges to help children with their health during the school day.

Scottish beginnings The daily mile was the idea of head teacher Elaine Wyllie, who introduced it to St Ninians Primary School in Scotland in 2012. It has now spread to 3,600 schools in 35 countries.

Ratcliffe, 65, is a major donor to the Daily Mile Foundation charity. He wants the government to urge all schools to adopt the daily mile, adding that it should be legally binding.

“I would make it mandatory for them to do that 15 minutes of exercise every day,” he said. 

The Scottish government has endorsed the programme and about 40 per cent of its primary schools are involved.

In Wales, about 20 per cent of primary schools have adopted the scheme, while in England about 10 per cent of primary schools run the daily mile.

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