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.
People for Education's response to the government consultations taking place from October to December, 2018
Effective, evidence-based health education supports students in adopting healthy lifestyles from an early age. It helps them manage risks, and provides them with the skills and competencies they need to engage in health promoting behaviours.
For future success, students need competencies that extend beyond the 3Rs into areas like creativity, health, social-emotional learning, and citizenship. Education systems around the world are starting to embed these competencies into school curriculum.
A new report raises concerns about how Canada is addressing mental health problems among young people. Schools are the ideal place to promote mental health and provide support for students with mental health issues.
People for Education reviewed over 30 years of research and identified four key things parents can do to help their children succeed, both academically and in the development of health, citizenship, creativity, and social-emotional competencies.
While Ontario’s schools are doing well in teaching “the basics”, students need a broader set of skills, not only to master these ‘basics’, but to ensure that they can thrive in the future.
A recent study by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation suggests an increasing amount of teachers across Canada are seeing a rise in both the rate and severity of violence in schools.
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.
Students need more than the 3Rs to be successful in school and in life. Health, citizenship, social-emotional, and creativity competencies are the ‘survival skills’ for the 21st century.
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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.
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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.
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s schools shows decline in library staff and music teachers; improvements in Indigenous education.
People for Education releases 19th Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools.