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Helping students succeed

Browse creative ideas to help improve student well-being.

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View the ideas submitted to Student success

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


Get rid of EQAO prep

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

My idea is not to get rid of EQAO testing, but to get rid of the endless preparation that students do for the test. This takes away from the curriculum that should be covered in grades 3 and 6!

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Created on November 1, 2017 by JoeCanada.

Getting to school safely, actively

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

Studies show that fewer students walk or bike to school these days. Most are getting driven. This is bad for student health, bad for students academic results, and sets them up for failure at becoming independent.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by p.

Good deeds getting noticed

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

On September 11th, 2017, my brother attempted to take his own life after a long period of suffering. He was rushed to the hospital, where medical professionals did everything they could to save him.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by TheMFFoundation.

Helping Children with extreme behavioural problems

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.

Educators need to have better knowledge of the affect of trauma on the brain and resulting regulatory issues. Calling police and further traumatizing children is NOT the answer.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Janet1969.

I don't know

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

Some education seems to be more about competition than about learning...

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Myron Steinman.

Improve the elementary/high school curriculum!

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

The curriculum in schools is absolutely ridiculous. Too much standardized testing (EQAO), not learning anything useful for real life.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Rainbowharmony.  1 comment

Improving math curriculum

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

Changes need to be made to math curriculum. In particular grade 5. Students and parentswhose speak fluent English struggle with the working of many questions and instructions. It must be impossible for new Canadians.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Colleen M.

Improving student well being through removing the cause of the issue

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 persuing post-secondary education are exposed to high risks of depression and mental illnesses in general.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Kawther.

Incentivize OSSD Completion

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.

Ontario spends a vast amount of money on high school buildings that typically close and remains empty shortly after 4 pm.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Yusefm.

Include International Studetns in the Foreign Buyers Tax

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

Property prices are out of control adding to the cost of education for students. International students are a key source of multi-millionaire foreign buyers making property unaffordable.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by bubbles.

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