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
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.
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, we learn about the ABACUS program and its goal to improve students’ access to post-secondary education, by focusing on grades 6 to 9.
In this presentation from PFE's 2017 Making Connections, educators discuss the decision students must make between academic and applied, and if they are, perhaps, being asked to make this choice too soon.
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.
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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
In this article about provincial graduation rates, Annie Kidder talks about what Ontario has done to improve graduation rates, and the importance of developing the broad skills needed for future success.
In this interview about the role of guidance counsellors, Joel Westheimer, CBC Ottawa's education columnist, talks about People for Education's recently released data on access to guidance counsellors in Ontario schools.
"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