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.
Alberta has announced that students who are 15 or younger must have their parents’ consent to alter their names or pronouns at school. This policy shift raises the question of whether parents’ opinions could or…
Les nouvelles données de People for Education révèlent que la santé mentale des élèves et des personnels est un défi majeur pour les écoles de l'Ontario. Les directions d’école font état d’une augmentation des problèmes…
New data from People for Education show Ontario schools are not sufficiently supported to help students who are continuing to struggle with the aftereffects of the pandemic. Principals report increased behavioural issues, students having difficulties…
On April 22, Annie Kidder, Executive Director – People for Education took questions on education in a pandemic. We’ve prepared a roundup for you with key takeaways and additional resources that will build out the…
A new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario shows that children are waiting as long as two years for counselling and treatment for mental illness.
New report finds principals across Ontario are facing increasing challenges in meeting the needs of students struggling with mental health issues., There are also substantial regional disparities in access to supports such as social workers,…
Students’ mental health has an impact on both their education and their long-term success. Participants at our annual conference had the opportunity to learn more about the role schools play in supporting students’ mental health…
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.
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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.