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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


Culture shock

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

I am a mom of 3 boys20-14. Have read as much as possible on education reform from day one because I was watching my kids on a sinking ship.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Lynne.

CUT IMMIGRATION TO ONTARIO!

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

Ontario needs to get th efederal government to cut immigration - instead of increasing it, it needs to be reduced and then tied to the unemployment rate.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by doctorb.  2 comments

Defund religious education

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

Create one publicly funded school system english/french.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Terry Hardy.

Difference Maker Movement

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 outpouring of racial injustice that is plaguing every area of our world today is very much present in today’s school system and classrooms.

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Updated on November 4, 2017 by Williams House.  1 comment

Dispelling Ignorance From the Start

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

“Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms …”
Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Celine_Fitzgerald.

Do more for less

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 suggest 3 things:
1. Make paperless environment in schools for not the assignment and school work but all year reports as well it may reduce operational cost and support the go green initiative

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Arsalant.

Early detection of at risk students through an AI psychometric game & provide timely recommendations

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.

Studies indicate that nearly 37% of students in the age category of K-9 are emotionally at risk due to bullying, peer pressure, typical age transitioning and also parental abuse.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by SelfEmotion.

Educating Students to Help themselves (and others)

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

Students need to learn more about life at school than they are learning and less about memorizing facts and colouring different countries.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Lesley Carlberg.

Education

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

Children must learn reading, writing(including spelling and grammar), arithmetic(including memorization of all +, -, X and / facts to 12), history both World history and Canadian history in school.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by misninoschicos.  2 comments

Education about education

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.

There is a view among many in our society that a university degree is a must. How many parents do you know who consider their child going to university as a very proud moment?

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Created on October 23, 2017 by dxsmith.  1 comment

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