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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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Ticked Yes
No

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

3. Are these success criteria right?

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Yes
Ticked No
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
With the best willin the world, you will never engage with all young people and their families. Some will always devalue STEM, some will not appreciate how importnat STEM is.

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?
The scope is right. I feel that some of these strategies take away from the fact that University is also an important route. Many of the young people I work with have had well meaning college lecturers tell them that they don't need to go to uni. But we should be telling our high achieving young people that university is a route into engineering and that not all engineers are time served apprentices. We devalue and put off a number of high achievers when we try to encourage less academic pupils to take up apprenticeships by telling them they don't have to go to uni.

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.
Any strategy to improve STEM education and opportunities is always worthwhile.

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.
As a Technical Teacher, I see first hand how much STEM activities are catered for Science and Maths. But the practical, hands on skills we do are rarely valued as highly. So too with our Engineering Science pupils. We have used STEM ambassadors in the past who value physics more over Engineering Science despite the subject being the practical application of theoretical physics.

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

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?
Communication with schools is key. Many schools are not aware of what's available to them. We've had activity days with junior pupils and careers day with seniors and they are very successful. But many schools don't realise they have access to support.

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?
The strategy is clear and focussed. There is a huge variance between regions and availability of experiences.

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.

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

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?
Available opportunities need to be imbedded into the curriculum at schools and there needs to be long term focus for initiatives.

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
The TTA could be used to disseminate information or resources 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?
The are often very difficult to get out of school for. And are often miles away from school.

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.
Education is trying but with drastically decreasing teacher numbers it's difficult to commit to anything.

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 feel Secondary Teachers should be given more opportunities to work with the early years and primary providers.

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?
It's tricky. We've also got to remember that colleges are independent and ran for profit. Often it's about 'bums on seats' rather than wanting the best for the people in front of them.

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?
There are already established STEM ambassador networks so I'm Not sure how this would be different.

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?
No idea.

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 teach a STEM subject in a High School in Fife. I used to run a STEM club but that has fallen apart this year due to lack of funding.

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?
More schools should be encouraged to run Engineering Science. We've recently started offering and it's been very very successful but it has been very difficult to run on a smal budget from scratch.