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.
Our research on course choices, careers and guidance
Highlights from "Roadmaps and roadblocks", our report on the policies, programs, and resources available to support students’ career and life planning. The report is based on findings from the Annual Ontario School Survey.
At People for Education’s annual conference, a group of educators, parents, and policymakers talked about the reality of post-secondary and career choices in today’s world, and how to address the challenges students face.
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.…
By 2020, most high schools will have their own mental health worker.
The province has announced increases in per pupil funding for guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8.
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.
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.
In recent years, the role of the school guidance counsellor has expanded beyond the traditional role of providing education and career advice.
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
Ottawa Citizen: Ontario is poised to require every high school student take four online courses. What does it mean?
The provincial government has announced that secondary school students will be required to take four out of 30 high school credits as online courses.
“We have to be preparing students with the skills that will allow them to do any job as they wind their way to adulthood.” - Annie Kidder
EdCan Research Watch: Roadmaps and roadblocks: career and life planning, guidance, and streaming in Ontario’s schools
Our latest report is one of the papers featured in the February 26 edition of EdCan Network's Research Watch page.