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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


Make Personal Finance Mandatory for all students

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.

Conduct a research study where you teach a personal finance course in one high school and find out how well they do financially through university/college/technical.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Multipass.

Mental Health and Wellness

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 wellness program where all students will be required to participate. The purpose of this is to support students struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression and reduce college drop out due to mental health issues.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by yemz.

Mental health supports in school for 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 provide mental health support for teachers/school administration. I have found dealing with the school isn't easy. I beleive they need support. It seems like the teachers are afraid to contact the students parents.

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Updated on November 3, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

Mentors in school

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

Based on demographics hire a full-time mentor to work in the school. The mentor can give brief discussions to classes. The mentor can work with kids who are struggling.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by JSugar.

Merge the public and catholic school boards.

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

Merge school boards to save money from duplicated services. Students would be able to go to the school closest to them, regardless of religion which should have no bearing on educational opportunities.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Tobeychris.  1 comment

Mind Our Safe Space

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

As an educator and mother of two teens I know first hand how our children are in a mental health crisis. I am proposing that the government set up an office in secondary/elenemtary schools dedicated to mental health and crisis intervention.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Jensateach.

Mindfulness for teens

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

The idea would be to introduce a mindfulness curriculum across all subject areas at the secondary level to build on students’ use of MindUp mindfulness practice in the elementary panel.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by egarrett.

Minimize Student Anxiety in Transition to the Job Market

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 those students who are about the graduate highschool each year, who don't know what they want to go to college for or what they want their career to be, hold a 'space' in each business over say 30 people, where students can safe

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Created on October 12, 2017 by Mber.

More Guidance conselors in schools

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

Mental well-being is the most difficult problem young people have today. The Guidance staff in schools has been reduced because of the policy that every teacher must be teaching a credit course to be paid.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by BFLeRiche.  1 comment

More one on one mental health resources for first nations ps students

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

At the post secondary level most of the funding for first nations students goes through the university and college administration which creates a barrier for the first nations employees to aceess these funds due to the fact that we have to fight w

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Nokum Smith.

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