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Helping students succeed

Browse creative ideas to help improve student well-being.

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View the ideas submitted to Student success

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


Advanced Mathematics Opportunity

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

Create a second optional curriculum for students studying math at all levels. Its very common for a class to have a wide range of mathematical abilities.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Jonathan Levert.

All Ontario Library Card

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

Produce ONE library card that is valid at all libraries across Ontario.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by C McKeeman.

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTION

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.

I’ve had this idea for quite some time however unsure who to contact to implement it properly and effectively.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by EVE.

Assessing Barriers to Family Wholeness

This idea did not move past government review because it could not be in progress or finished by Spring 2018.

This is an integrated project to research the effectiveness of government support services and a pilot project to assess the effectiveness of supporting the family as an organic whole.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by stated1.  3 comments

Assign at least one law enforcement officer to every school in Ontario.

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.

I would increase hiring in the local police forces and assign at least one police officer to every school in Ontario.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by Derrick.  2 comments

Beginning Kindergarten

This idea did not move past government review because it does not align to the Government of Ontario policies and/or priorities.

After many years teaching in the elementary school system, I witnessed too often a child beginning kindergarten far too young to take on the challenges put before him/her.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by jhealy.  3 comments

Better food options at school

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

Schools need better food options. Children require a healthy diet with proper nutrition for brain and body development in the crucial years of growing, from toddlers to teens.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Manitoba_Mel.  1 comment

Birthday Bash

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

In primary grades, wherever possible, children should be separated by early or late year birthdays. January to June in one class, July to December in another.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by MrsG.

Burnouts

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

Not sure if reasearch is best but burning out staff cause they need 2 jobs to survive is not helping the students. Everything keeps going up but not our salaries. I made more 11 yrs ago doing the same job with the same board.

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Created on October 18, 2017 by Sunshine16.  1 comment

Change How Elementary Teachers Get Positions

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

All elementary teachers and education policy makers should have degrees in their associated field of instruction.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by BernieMac.

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