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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


Education Budget

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

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Faisal Zaman.  1 comment

Education: Raise the bar

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.

Currently my son's chemistry class meets weekly to teach themselves from the Internet because their teacher is not imparting the information they need. Last year they did the same for computer tech class.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Concerned mom.

Elders In Residence for our School Districts

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.

Indigenous Students need to have support from Indigenous people in schools. Provide funding for Elders In Residence in school districts to assist in this on a pilot basis.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by Realize Reconciliation.

Eliminate Grades

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

Children develop at different rates. They have different strengths, aptitudes, and interests. There is no sound pedagogical reason to group children by chronological age in classrooms.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by Cindy L.

Environmental Education in Public School

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.

For each grade level there should be a program of study appropriate to the age level of the child related to conservation of the environment, sustainable practices in government, and awareness of the individual's right to a clean environment

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Created on October 26, 2017 by KathyJ.

Equal Education for all. There should be only one publicly funded school system.

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

Abolish separate school system in the province. Smaller communities cannot support several schools thereby causing students to be transported to other towns or neighbourhoods.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Patricia Wright.

Etiquette class

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

Its new class which is related to behaviour,act and manners should be taught in class.In that class students are focussed about how to speak the polite words.it also include bodylanguage and facial expressions.how to behave with your elders and th

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Created on October 28, 2017 by Jawahiradeel.

Evaluation of the knowledge

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.

Each grade should have well elustrated textbooks and student's knowledge should be evaluated regularly through out the academic year by conducting tests/exams.
Kids need to be prepared for competetive professional world.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by hpandya.

Fair admissions to specialized school programs

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.

Currently there is lottery system for specialized programs such as IB, AP, SciTech, French immersion etc. Admissions are more on luck basis than students academic performance/learning skills.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by RRVO.

Financial Wealth Literacy

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

Providing simple easy to understand financial wealth literacy seminars and courses.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by FinancialLiteracy101.

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