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
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.
Insights for system change
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
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.
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.
People for Education conference takeaways
We invited our conference speakers to share a few key takeaways and resources, and here's what we've heard so far...
Measuring What Matters: Phase 3 progress report
This report provides an update on People for Education’s Measuring What Matters (MWM) initiative, including some of the early findings coming out of the school field trials.
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.
Measuring What Matters: A field guide to field trials
For the past three years, People for Education has been engaged in a project to develop broader goals and measures of success in education.
Health education and supports in Ontario’s schools
Ontario’s revised health and physical education curriculum focuses on the idea that health and physical education programs are most successful when delivered in healthy schools.
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.
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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.
New report highlights competing priorities in education
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s schools shows decline in library staff and music teachers; improvements in Indigenous education.
New report reveals geographic divide in Ontario schools
People for Education releases 19th Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools.