Good physical and mental health is critically important to students’ ability to learn. Health education provides students with the self-regulatory skills and competencies they need to make healthy decisions and engage in health promoting behaviours.
of elementary schools have a health and physical education teacher.
of Ontario’s students attend public school.
of all secondary schools report having a guidance counselor.
Beyond the 3R’s: Competencies that matter
Developing competencies in the domains of health, creativity, citizenship, and social-emotional learning provides students with the skills they need to live happy, healthy, economically secure, civically engaged lives.
Health and physical education 2017
This is an excerpt from our annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools, based on surveys from over 1000 school principals across Ontario.
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.
Measuring What Matters: Health Competencies
People for Education– working with experts from across Canada – has developed a list of concrete, teachable competencies and skills in health education.
Measuring What Matters: Competencies in the classroom
This report includes preliminary findings from the Measuring What Matters field trials taking place in 26 schools across 7 Ontario school boards.
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.
Measuring What Matters: Physical and Mental Health in Schools
This report outlines the long-term benefits - to students' educational and life outcomes - of supporting students' health through comprehensive school health programs.
Measuring What Matters: Moving from theory to practice
An overview of the work done to explore the relationship between the domains and education policy and curriculum in Ontario, and plans for the field trials to take place in Ontario schools.
Measuring What Matters: Beyond the 3Rs
A summary of the findings from the initial public consultations and an outline of the work done to identify the five domain areas and conditions for quality learning environments.
Ready, Set, Go! Building Healthy Schools in Ontario
When schools support comprehensive health programs and resources—integrating all aspects of health and well-being, including mental, physical, social, sexual and relational health—the impacts on students are positive and lasting.
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Health and Physical Education
All students are required to take Health and Physical Education (HPE) from Kindergarten through Grade 8. Students must also earn one high school credit in HPE in order to graduate. Find out more about what students are learning, and why this is an important part of their education.
In the news
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.
Insights for system change
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
People for Education’s response to Ontario’s well-being strategy
In our recent response to the Ministry of Education's proposed well-being strategy, we identified three areas of concern.