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


Fix the school boards - undo the Mike Harris mess

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

School boards are a mess - they have been stripped of the power to tax, and they are not very accountable.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by BTG.

Food for all

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.

Many kids go to school without much for breakfast and will pass the entire school period without a good, health meal. Without eating well they lose attention, capacity to think and consentration. They lose steam as well.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by stella.  2 comments

Free Food for Students/Those in Need

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.

Students have enough on their plates without having to worry about food. We all know that grocery stores throw out thousands of pounds of food a year, much of it still edible.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by JessLoucks.

Free Online Curriculum Specific Educational Videos

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

We need a centralized website where educational videos are accessible to students for review and study. These videos should be curriculum specific and produced in a way which is attractive to students; age and grade specific.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by SFUNG.

Free RCTO Linux Computers for Schools to Support Student Success

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

Free rcto.ca computers are shipped from their Computers for schools warehouses throughout Ontario direct to schools.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Andrew Dobbie.

Free Tutor Centres

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.

Post-Secondary students who are OSAP elegible to receive FREE Tutoring at Tutor Centres operated by the Provincial Goverment of Ontario.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Moonistariq.

French as a Second Language

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 see French extended back into primary grades.
This may or may not require shifting funding from the intermediate grades, where French should be optional.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Taichipat.  2 comments

Full access to information to both parents of students that are the children of divorce/separation

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

Approximately 50% of the student population has divorced or separated parents. Not all, perhaps most, are not amicable nor constructive in terms of parental communication.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by pauljwilson.

Fund schools adequately - Stop Fundraisers!

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

Elementary and high schools should be adequately funded so that fundraisers are only used to fund expensive school trips for those families that cannot afford hefty trip fees.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by AmandaB.

Funding for public elementary schools

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.

More funding to public elementary schools to reduce cap sizes to 20 in all classes and divisions. As well increase funding for school materials and supplies so that all schools can meet the needs of 21st century learners.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Bman4425.

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