Helping students succeed

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The problem

Although graduation rates across the province have never been higher, we are looking at more ways to help students succeed, including ways to promote and support student well-being.

This includes students’ physical, cognitive, emotional and social health; as well as their sense of self.

Students need support at all levels, in a positive learning environment, so they:

  • can learn and thrive inside/outside the classroom and online
  • are more likely to succeed at school and later in life, as active, engaged citizens

Education is more than just learning to read and write. It’s about having a safe and inclusive learning environment for students to succeed.

What new ideas or projects could help students develop a positive sense of self, feel engaged in school and learn the tools to deal with challenging situations?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help all students in Ontario’s publicly funded education system, from kindergarten to grade 12.

What we're doing/have done

Mental health supports

We are increasing funding by $6 million over the next three years for School Mental Health ASSIST (opens in a new window), which gives mental health leaders in local school boards access to provincial supports and resources, including mental health coaches.

We:

  • are continuing to fund Kids Help Phone (opens in a new window)
  • have completed 34 pilot projects at colleges and universities to address student mental health needs with a particular focus on:
    • transitioning students
    • Indigenous students
    • students struggling with addictions
  • are enabling every college and university to hire a mental health worker who provides direct service to students
  • are supporting the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health and the Good2Talk (opens in a new window) mental health helpline, which provides direct counseling and referral services 24/7 in English and French
  • are giving an additional $18 million, over the next three years, to colleges and universities across the province to support mental health services

Bullying prevention

Since 2012, we require every school board to:

  • have a bullying prevention and intervention plan in place and to implement that plan
  • provide programs, interventions and other supports for students who have been bullied, witnessed incidents of bullying and who have engaged in bullying 
  • put in place procedures to allow students to report bullying incidents safely and in a way that will minimize the possibility of reprisal
  • conduct school surveys (opens in a new window) to measure perceptions of safety among students, parents and staff and use the surveys to:
    1. make better decisions about how to foster safe and inclusive schools
    2. determine the effectiveness of school programs

Talking to students, families and educators

Over the 2016- 2017 school year, we went out across Ontario to get feedback on student well-being (opens in a new window) and how it is being supported in schools. We spoke to students, families, staff and other key partners to learn more about what’s working and what we need to do better.

We’re using the feedback we received to improve the day to day learning experience at school.

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182 ideas submitted to Student success


Small Business Talent & Opportunities Program

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

The idea is to create and offer a digital service on Ontario's website to help students identify and apply for internship or structured on-the-job training programs offered by approved SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises).

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Created on October 25, 2017 by Winston221.

Successful Youth Immigrant

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Youth Immigrant confront different barriers to success:

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Created on October 31, 2017 by Elena80.

Well-being curriculum

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

My idea is to run a pilot project for teachers supporting students in the area of well-being in the classroom environment.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Kennedyj.

Why There Should Be Students Success Courses In All Schools

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

In today’s society, many students of all age are stressing out on important life decisions. This is because when you reach grade 7 to 8, most life decisions hit you suddenly, like what high school is right for the child.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Bob Stevens_2.

Youth Ambassadors 4 Community Action encourages volunteering, leadership and community engagement

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

The problem is helping students develop a positive sense of self, feel engaged in school and learn the tools to deal with challenging situations. This is our idea.

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Created on October 14, 2017 by InformationOrillia.

Give students a tuition refund for every day a postsecondary institution is on strike

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

At the end of the strike, the college would have to pay the students a daily average of their tuition back. This should happen effective immediately.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Ontariocollegestudent.

Website/Blog/YouTube videos: Healthy living/Student Success community

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

My idea is to create a digital website that citizens can access that houses useful tips and suggestion from the general public that the Government of Ontario encourages/ supports...an Ontario support group online.

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Updated on November 1, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

2 publicly funded school boards (French and English)

This idea did not move past government review because it is not solely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ontario.

In order to save a lot of public money the Ontario government should , like the Québec and other governments, remove funding for religious school boards. The time is now, we cannot afford this expense any longer, be bold, take action.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Jeffoakville.  5 comments

A fund for Air Conditioning and Heating in Ontario schools

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

This past September was extremely HOT in Ontario and there are many schools without proper Air Conditioning. Some schools are aging and the Heating system does not properly run in the Winter time.

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Created on October 15, 2017 by Tilley43.  5 comments

Accountability

This idea did not move past government review because it did not meet the guidelines for a Budget Talks submission.

As a teacher I see it everyday, we as a society are failing our children! There is no accountability for the students. We coddle them through school and leave them unprepared for the real world, they come if and when they want.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Dawn Byers.

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