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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

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?
The scope is good. It needs to include employers with ongoing development of employees to ensure the industry continues to progress and evolve to remain a strong industry in Scotland.

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.
It is vital that support is provided to teachers to strengthen their knowledge and skills in STEM subjects. Primary school teachers are not specialists in these areas and need support to gain confidence in teaching these subjects. Funding for trips etc is also important. Science centres, trips to employers are a great addition to classroom learning but teachers do not get cover or costs covered for such trips.

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.
There are a large number of organisations trying to vie for business from schools. It can be costly and often the quality debatable. This leads to a lot of creative solutions be developed inhouse which can be shared across the country. More opportunities for sharing should be created.

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

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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?
Lead by example, by supporting the industry to grow and evolve. By supporting ongoing development it creates further opportunities for young people to move in to the industry.

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?
Key to this will be the leadership both at a government and local level. Key performance indicators are critical as is being accountable for them. If indicators are not met, actions plans should be put in place (in a supportive way) to improve situations.

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.
A comprehensive programme / strategy should eradicate the need for focus on specific communities,

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?
Work together. There is a danger all of these areas targeting the same employers for support - careers talks, apprenticeships, project support. It needs to be done in a controlled way to ensure buy in from employers at the right level. Communication with employers will be critical so they can decide how they want to get involved.

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
Work together. At the moment, they are disparate groups. Working to a common goal is vital, sometimes it will mean one of them taking a step back to let another lead but if its the right thing to do it should be done. Understand the journey from start to finish for pupils, teachers and employers and be sensitive to that. Create solutions at the right time, for the right reason. Make it easier for industry leaders to retrain and become teachers.

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?
Travelling to science centres can be hard due to reduced / lack of funding. Increase outreach opportunities, create free materials teachers can use that link to curriculum.

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.
We have to get smarter in how programmes are delivered especially with funding being reduced. Increase the use of technology to enhance work based training and development so teachers are not having to be out of school.

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?
Track the progress of each pupil and teachers. have a plan of development, that covers all key indicators. Tracking a pupil, is not about forcing learning but enabling better communication between teachers, schools and further education.

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 vital and should include employers.

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?
These are key to the success of this strategy. They should be supported by all agencies and have a clear indicators for what should be achieved in year 1 / 2 etc

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?
Employers

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.
Fife Council have a STEM strategy and am in the process of creating a bespoke engineering focused programme that supports CfE and DYW. Schools also have their own activities.

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?
be open to doing things differently and creating an environment that is inclusive even when it isn't the norm.