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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


Include practical life skills in the curriculum

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.

Our education system was designed to create factory line workers (i.e. to teach kids to sit, listen, and follow processes and instructions repetitively).

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Created on October 22, 2017 by victoriayeh.  1 comment

Increase affection towards science

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

I would like Government of Ontario to introduce a science exhibition or fair program at the middle and high secondary schools students. There would be two categories : junior and senior.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Pinaki.

Increase EA and CYW support in the classroom and increase their wages.

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.

The number of EA's ans CYW's in a school need to increased and they need to be available for all students, not just the one or two that may be a flight risk. All students benefit from small group and additional support.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Donna Elliott.

Informed Students

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

I believe young people are in need of life skills and real world information. A lot of youth do not understand the basics of what communities are trying to accomplish with regards to the environment, mental health, finances etc.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Community.

Integration of Autism for a regular life

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 think that Autistic kids need a different way to be integrated into their classrooms:
1) finding the best classmates and the right class space

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Created on November 3, 2017 by sandytp1.

Interactive learning

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 for the government to conduct a research study into student engagement when studying a topic of their own interest.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by KevinV.

Introduce dedicated math & science teachers for Primary Public 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.

Math and science are very important to the future of Ontario's students. Currently these subjects are taught as part of a general cluster of subjects under one teacher.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by MuskokaDD.  2 comments

Life Skills Grade 7 & 8 - 20 1hr classes to cover the basics with guest speakers from the 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.

After working in the banking industry for 5 years I noticed an amazing amount of students coming in with little to no knowledge of finances.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Worriedmama.

Limiting Strike Start Dates

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

To minimize the damage to post secondary students, all university and college unions should only be able to begin a strike at the start of a semester.

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Created on October 15, 2017 by Jason Fleming.  4 comments

Make mental health literacy manadatory for the Ontario education system

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

Our education system is very focused on teaching academics. As early as Junior Kindergarten, our children are learning math and literacy, arts, music, physical education, and so on.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Delia Rusu.

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