The education system has a significant role to play in ensuring that young people are prepared for futures that may no longer include one clear career or life path.
Course choices, careers and guidance
of elementary schools have guidance counsellors.
of elementary and 39% of secondary schools have the mandated career and life planning committees.
of secondary schools have professional development for teachers on career and life planning.
Our research on course choices, careers and guidance
Guidance 2018: Expanding roles limited access
This report shows a disconnect between the roles that guidance counsellors are expected to fill and the amount of time they are available to fill those roles.
Competing Priorities: People for Education annual report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools 2017
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.
Career and life planning in schools
While Ontario has aspirations for a comprehensive careers strategy in education, data from our 2016/17 survey show challenges, particularly in the implementation of the career/life planning policy.
The geography of opportunity: What’s needed for broader student success
People for Education's Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.
Applied or Academic: High impact decisions for Ontario students
This report examines the impact of choosing applied vs. academic courses in high school.
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High school courses and choices
Ontario's high schools offer a wide variety of courses and programs to meet the needs of students. The decisions students make starting in grade 9 can have an impact on their post-secondary options. Learn more about the course choices available and why it is important to consider these choices very carefully.
In the news
Ontario school data shed light on effects of math-class divisions
"We know that students who are struggling benefit from being in the [academic] classroom and the evidence is equally strong that those who are doing well are not harmed." - Annie Kidder
School guidance counsellors ‘stretched’ amid rising mental health needs
People for Education's new report finds students have limited access to school guidance counsellors at a time when transition/career planning is more complicated and students' mental health needs are increasing.
Choosing Grade 9 courses is serious stuff: Durham school board puts more checkpoints in place
New initiatives in the Durham District School Board help grade 8 students make more informed choices, and two schools are offering mixed academic/applied grade 9 math.