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.
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
This is an excerpt from our annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools, based on surveys from over 1000 school principals across Ontario.
In our recent response to the Ministry of Education's proposed well-being strategy, we identified three areas of concern.
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.
This report includes preliminary findings from the Measuring What Matters field trials taking place in 26 schools across 7 Ontario school boards.
For the past three years, People for Education has been engaged in a project to develop broader goals and measures of success in education.
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.
This report outlines the long-term benefits - to students' educational and life outcomes - of supporting students' health through comprehensive school health programs.
An overview of the work done to explore the relationship between the domains and education policy and curriculum in Ontario, and plans for the field trials to take place in Ontario schools.
This article examines the factors that can influence a student's ability to learn. Many of these factors are health-related, and include hunger, poor vision, lack of connectedness, and exposure to violence.
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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
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.