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

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No
Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?
Encompasses what I think springs to mind when the word STEM is used.

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?
leads in to closing the attainment gap - and this is surely THE priority.

3. Are these success criteria right?

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No
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
How are these criteria to be measured though?

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?
Yes - covers life long learning and encouraging females into STEM careers

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 actions are surely positive? The actions look comprehensive but I wonder how much is regularly implemented - rather than just spoken about on paper.

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 focus should always be on skills - so I think that further skills based projects are ideal.

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

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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?
Money and time given to authorities/schools/education/cross authority writing groups so ensure that all young people are getting the same exposure to high quality resources

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?
on paper, yes - again I hope the roll out will be explicit and consistent across the country, and oacorss sectors.

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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No
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.
Until something is tested we are unable to determine the outcome - any move forward is positive.

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?
engage with the process. Communicate with local partners. Be open to change.

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
GTCS could/should write something into PU and/or SFR/SPR. unions should allow staff to work collegiately - and communicate findings so that work is not unduly repeated.

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?
prices dropped to allow further engagement with schools. Transport provided/additional outreach events

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.
Employers should be consulted. They should have input into what their needs are and where they think learners are lacking when they reach employment.

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?
provide CPD to jargonbust for non STEM specialists Provide support materials and ideas.

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 is, in theory, the ideal scenario. Too often though, time and additional commitments get in the way.

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?
Fantastic! Initially, contact with partners to gauge interest and their needs for a successful implementation, A comprehensive database of accessible people (not all contact details need to be visible) for schools/colleges to access as required.

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?
royal society of chemistry institute of physics biology society iChemE and other associated engineering delegations

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.
STEM working group set up Looking at how best to implement all areas of the strategy in infancy just now

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?
pay! benefit packages commitment to quality CPD commitment to life long learning.