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paul martin

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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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Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?
Can't argue with Excellence & Equity

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?
Seem miss out middle yrs ie S1 to S3 choices are made. If can only do 6 subjects at next level will need to be convinced that STEM is for them otherwise will take pot luck and never have the 3 or 4 tech subjects that mean can progress to FE/HE

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.
"We will ensure unnecessary and unintended workload is removed from the classroom. We have launched an Education Governance Review13 to seek views on how teachers, parents and communities can be empowered to have a stronger voice in the running of their schools" No wonder the middle needs beefing up. The HeadTeachers will need support (and pills) to cope with all the extra work thrown at them no wonder there's a shortage. As for the rest of Appendix A seems like there is loads of stuff ....

6. Tell us about activity currently ongoing – either included in this document or not – that you think could be adapted or stopped and why.

Tell us about activity currently ongoing – either included in this document or not – that you think could be adapted or stopped and why.
The weakest in the long list is SDS giving them RSA & more responsibility might make sense but not sure any of my 4 kids (or me) have benefitted from any SDS program

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

Do you agree with the principles set out for implementation?
Good luck Sheila

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?
I reckon there will be a shortage of teachers and helpers. Down south there will be Graduate Teacher apprentices soon. Where is the (detailed) workforce plan ? I suspect that the teaching unions may want to keep the current barriers to entry in place.

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?
Not sure, lots of ideas for various stakeholders. It was interesting to watch Theresa May on TV yesterday with her cabinet at Daresbury (wherever that is). Not sure where our leadership would go to perform a similar launch.

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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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.
Not sure its girls that need help. I volunteer at an Academy and the lunchtime class has 2 boys and 2 dozen girls. Unsure of disabled/minority numbers in whole school

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?
Provide bodies to improve staff student ratios Science engagement providers could have free buffet sessions to encourage volunteers (eg Ambassadors) to network. Maybe this is covered.

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
If there is a shortage of teachers, particularly STEM, is it that the GTCS is partially responsible. I know that when I was an instructor at College there was no interest from them in extending the ability of us to teach else where despite the experience and SQA qualifications we possessed. In England Teach First enables "unqualified" teachers to learn on the job - what is the equivalent procedure in Scotland, is one planned ? I had never heard of the CLD ! Clearly the Unions will look after their (GTC registered) members interests. I think the same can be said of the Learned Societies (eg the letter before Christmas from Prof X of Edinburgh) Finally the IoP & RSC do do good support materials etc

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?
Get a proper celebrity along to launch big events (not Brian Cox)

14. Should this Strategy identify more actions for particular sectors, for example in relation to workplace and work-based training and development? Please make suggestions on what these actions could be.

Should this Strategy identify more actions for particular sectors, for example in relation to workplace and work-based training and development? Please make suggestions on what these actions could be.
I see that you mention workplace training/experience. I reckon edu people underestimate the disruption to the business process - there may need to be $ to the worker but also to support the supervision. This may not be true in all cases but it seems that there is less of such around these days despite clear benefits.

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?
Tables printed at 90 degrees are difficult to read on a computer with a small software window.

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?
Not sure Universities have too much to offer schools lower down, Colleges would be more sympathetic. Employers are covered above but are so varied I am unsure of how best to proceed.

17. Tell us what you think of our proposals for a Scottish STEM ambassador network. How should we now take that forward?

Tell us what you think of our proposals for a Scottish STEM ambassador network. How should we now take that forward?
I am one but discouraged from going too far due to cost of transport, (flat rate?) expense reimbursement ?

18. What other groups, organisations or people need to be involved in delivery of this strategy?

What other groups, organisations or people need to be involved in delivery of this strategy?
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19. Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.

Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.
I am a STEM Ambassador, though not for an organisation.

20. What could employers do to attract and retain more diverse STEM talent?

What could employers do to attract and retain more diverse STEM talent?
I honestly believe that this is simply an age thing. It will disappear over time. The problem with speeding such up is that like some of the lady MPs in Parliament you may end up with some duds which reflect badly on the general female populace.