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Helping students succeed

Browse creative ideas to help improve student well-being.

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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


Children Co-Op

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

Our child has a learning disability (age 7) and it is increasingly clear that he needs hands on learning rather than sitting in a classroom.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by cloggerlk.

Civics / Careers / Business

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 like to pilot a 1/2 day program where grade 10 students take Civics and Careers but also work on a personal or group community project of their interest.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by GBurns.

Co-created Report Cards

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

Co-created areas of enquiry and co-created assessments have been in use here in Ontario for at least five years.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by Malcolm.

Communication

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

This idea does not cost anything. Teachers can send classroom updates as necessary, for instance what homework to expect, upcoming tests and areas to help caregivers in connecting with what kids are learning.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by Clarabrentonmom.

Complete School System Overhaul

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

Model our education system after Finland's.
Public Schools only.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by WeCan.  2 comments

Compulsory Real-World Knowledge classes

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

There are many things that everyone should have a basic understanding of prior to leaving high school in addition to sexual education: Budgeting, Forms of debt and interest rates, local politics, how to cook, how to garden, shocking truths about r

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Created on November 1, 2017 by BernieMac.

Consistency of teaching across Ontario and

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

2 schools from every city in Ontario should be selected and teachers of same grades and same subjects should be brought together and a two hour discussion with material exchange should be presented to bring consistency in teaching especially at hi

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Dr. Shushmita Gupta.  1 comment

Coordination of Student Programming in PS

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

My idea is to bring all the schools together to find out what programming is happening in the school and then try to reform the programming.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by JSugar.

Create a succinct quick reference booklet for students/parents and teachers

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 hard cover and hard page laminate booklet for students with ALL various resources available to them such as free online math tutoring with TVO, or mental health supports with community care access, or where the mental health

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Updated on October 28, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

Create an educational, graduated, documentary movie series highlighting life skills

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 educational, well-planned, life skills documentary series tool for each grade level that kids can watch weekly or monthly to learn about what resilience is, how to stay optimistic when faced with challenge, self-care and Rig

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Created on November 3, 2017 by JSugar.

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