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Eileen McCann

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1. Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?

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2. Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?

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3. Are these success criteria right?

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4. Do you think the scope of the Strategy is right? Tell us if you think it should exclude something or include anything else. For example, should it include training and development that employers provide for their workforce?

Do you think the scope of the Strategy is right? Tell us if you think it should exclude something or include anything else. For example, should it include training and development that employers provide for their workforce?
Broadly I agree with the scope but I would agree that STEM training should be given by employers also as STEM competence throughout the workforce is a good thing.

5. Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.

Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.
I think they do - an increased focus on the STEM and numeracy capabilities of early educators is key. If teachers don;t have the skills, not only for themselves but also in hope to teach these subjects to lung children, there should be specialist support and teaching staff available. These early years are critical.

7. Do you agree with the principles set out for implementation?

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8. What else should Government do to ensure a more coherent approach and maximise impact?

What else should Government do to ensure a more coherent approach and maximise impact?
Use external agencies or companies engaged in STEM activities, these can be IT or applied subjects that require logic, and use their resources on a voluntary basis. Engage industry to inform on the latest innovations.

9. Overall, do you think this Strategy is clear and action focused? Do you think that the actions that we propose to take nationally will achieve the aims and intended outcomes?

Overall, do you think this Strategy is clear and action focused? Do you think that the actions that we propose to take nationally will achieve the aims and intended outcomes?
Yes, but only if specific, targeted actions are taken, then monitored and adjusted quickly based on success.

10. Will this Strategy improve equity of outcomes? If not, tell us what else it should include, in particular for women and girls and other groups of people – disabled people, care leavers and minority ethnic communities.

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11. What could schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, the voluntary sector, science engagement providers and museums do to support the areas for action?

What could schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, the voluntary sector, science engagement providers and museums do to support the areas for action?
Every school should measure its performance by subgroup in each year. Teachers should be assessed for competence in maths, number and logic, and teachers should have regular lectures and seminars on STEM as the field moves so quickly. Use Universities to assist in special classes, discussions and lectures for schoolchildren. Collect statistics on STEM engagement across gender and racial groups regularly, to ensure equal numbers. If any school is not achieving parity, they should receive added support - this has to be quickly determined and delivered to avoid year groups dropping down - this happens frequently to girls in Maths. There should be regular events, lectures, seminars for children, adults and educators to raise awareness and give a path to learning.

12. What could professional organisations and bodies and third sector organisations do to support the areas for action? This includes, in particular, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the CLD Standards Council, the teaching unions and representatives and the Learned Societies.

What could professional organisations and bodies and third sector organisations do to support the areas for action? This includes, in particular, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the CLD Standards Council, the teaching unions and representatives and the Learned Societies
As above, not sure on specifics.

13. What more could science centres and festivals do to complement and enhance STEM formal education, to inspire scientists of the future, and to ensure their activities support those of the Scottish Government and its agencies?

What more could science centres and festivals do to complement and enhance STEM formal education, to inspire scientists of the future, and to ensure their activities support those of the Scottish Government and its agencies?
More TED type talks, museum events and seminars, regular talks and lectures.

15. Tell us what you think about this Improvement Framework. How can we best ensure uptake of this Framework in early years learning settings, schools and clusters?

Tell us what you think about this Improvement Framework. How can we best ensure uptake of this Framework in early years learning settings, schools and clusters?
I can only suggest teaching the teachers..and supporting them with materials, and a knowledge base.

16. Tell us what you think of our proposal for developing a model of collaboration between schools, colleges, universities and employers. How should we now take this forward?

Tell us what you think of our proposal for developing a model of collaboration between schools, colleges, universities and employers. How should we now take this forward?
Very good idea. I would say the teaching and ongoing support and development of teachers in innovative ways of teaching children. Regular sessions for teachers with universities and colleges; resources on innovative methods to engage children; using specialist NGO's and well known authors and broadcasters to design and deliver new methods.