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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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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
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
Broadly right but the first criteria should include challenging as well as relevant. Reasoning and thinking skills in science are not given high enough priority in current teaching in schools.

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?
Strategy should include workforce training it should also have strand of community based adult learning particularly focussed on paths into stem for the unemployed. A strand on linking neurologically diverse young people (e.g. aspergers) with particular skills into digital technologies of process engineering would be an innovative way of maximising potential. Science festivals do a great job in inspiring children and families but will do little to improve the socio economic gap. More focus required on how CLD can work with scientists to promote STEM in areas of deprivation.

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 wide rage of bodies involved in offering support and advice (often overlapping) to schools cause real confusion there should be a single umbrella body who can provide directories of appropriate projects, contacts and advice.

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

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No

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.
See above re more community based activities. There is also room for activities which would engage learners with disabilities with opportunities in learning and employment.

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
A much stronger emphasis on STEM in primary education training. GTC could do more to relax cross sector teaching to allow access to more challenging science for primary age pupils.

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?
Exploratory and play based learning is the best possible start for young children. It is not about the uptake of the Framework but about engaging and seeking to stimulate children's enthusiasm for exploring the world around them and gradually giving them the tools to do this more effectively.