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Questions

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

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No

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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No

3. Are these success criteria right?

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No

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?
There are underlying problems in the education system preventing some aspects of the strategy being implemented and perhaps they should be included as part of the scope. The lack of secondary teachers available for posts or as supply teachers is preventing those currently teaching from taking up the offers of training which are being provided as part of this initiative. Teachers are unable to attend CPD due to a lack of available staff cover. The gender imbalance in industry is partly due to issues surrounding maternity provision in private companies. Many women find they are earning well as an engineer but then will only receive statutory maternity pay if they decide to have a family. This large drop in wage can either force women back to work early or influence them to look to another sector for employment. This issue needs to be addressed to improve the appeal of the Stem sector for women.

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.
As stated above the CPD on offer is all well and good but councils need funding to allow teachers to attend these courses.

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.
Centralised school funds are not allowing funds gained through stem activities to be reinvested in stem activities. As an example if a Stem club wins funds during a competition the funds are submitted to a central school fund. This money is not guaranteed to be then spent on stem activities.

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

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No

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?
I think some of the actions will have limited impact of the surrounding issues are not dealt with.

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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Yes
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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.
Industrial inequity will still exist with companies. As a male heavy industry the provisions around maternity issues are slow in catching up with other sectors, flexible working hours and full maternity pay are not wide spread.

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?
CPD for staff on new technologies should be regular as things are constantly changing and some staff may have been initially trained before some technologies existed. There should be compulsory CPD for some subject specific topics this should be a criteria for continued GTCS registration. This would ensure staff are given time to complete this. To ensure excellence in teaching is provided in some subjects technological as well as pedagogical CPD is and should be required.

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 the GTCS should ensure that CPD for stem subjects must include regular subject specific technological training.

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?
These festivals are fantastic. They could be more regular and perhaps provide regular invitations to all schools not just those with science or engineers clubs. If more pupils and staff visited these festivals they may be more willing to join or start stem clubs in their schools. They could also do more outreach activities in schools providing activities or events for pupils in their own schools.

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?
This would be most valuable. Resources are tight and access to resources in other organisations would make the most of all budgets. Sharing of practise would also be a valuable outcome.

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?
This is a great idea. The ambassadors need a common set of aims and resource which they will be accountable for delivering.

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 run a young engineers club, teach stem subjects and am guiding pupils through the Arkwright scholarship scheme.

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?
Maternity policies could be improved. The sector is still seen as being dirty, geeky and boring. This is not the case but employers must work hard to shake this reputation.