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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?

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Yes
Ticked No
Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?
I cannot see where the islands context has been taken account of and the work which feeds this strategy may have been prior to the proposed islands bill. It may fit under place and regional cohesion but I would like to see the issue of how it will fit specifically in the island context mentioned.

3. Are these success criteria right?

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Yes
Ticked No
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
Once again I would like to see something in the success criteria to ensure that remote and island areas secure equity in terms of opportunity so they are not excluded from the success criteria due to their geographical location. STEM pathways should also include the voluntary and social enterprise sector. A further success criteria would be to ensure that every STEM establishment is connected to the fibre network.

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 it should include all forms of CPD which can be recorded.

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.
Funding support to access virtual laboratories such as Labster in conjunction with the digital learning and teaching strategy.

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.
Other initiatives include the work of IoP on trying to keep virtual physics going, the work on the teachers resource Guzled, the continued work of SCHOLAR and the teacher forums of Sputnik, Synapse and Strontium should all be supported.

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

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Yes
Ticked No
Do you agree with the principles set out for implementation?
I think a form of agency service should also be provided where employers can list their requirements for skills and individuals or service providers can repond thereafter. This could be as simple as a location on linked in which recognises the skills listed with the linked in identity and matches them to employers.

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?
A robust stakeholder analysis is required and the government needs to facilitate as much communication between staeholders as possible by providing networking opportunities across the country in every local authority area.

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
Ticked 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.
The proposed islands bill provisions should be included in the equity section. Many of the partner agencies, skills development and funding agencies do not reach out into the islands in terms of service coverage thereby this is a flaw in the proposed approach of using these partners. A specific fund to increase participation of island residents similar to that proposed for women would be welcome perhaps is could be linked to the increased use of digital technologies and learning.

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?
The community and voluntary sector is well placed to reach those areas not served well by the colleges and universities, science engagement providers and museums. The key to success in community and voluntary organisations is to fund or second posts from other sectors. The e-Sgoil initiative in the Western Isles is a good example of the creation of an e-school to provide equity of opportunity to those in rural and remote areas and also to support the Gaelic medium. Widening the remit of the e-school approach to STEM activities would be a great way to reach all learners.

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
These organisations already collaborate well within SSERC and expanding their resources and remit to include the community and voluntary sector would be useful.

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?
There is no mention of the Orkney Science Festival despite its long tradition and succesful history. http://oisf.org/info/about-oisf/background/

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.
Identifying extrinsic incentives for senior phase pupils (S4-S6) would be very welcome and this could include a career pathway supported by schools, further education providers and employers.

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?
What is missing from the framework is identification of who will be responsible for each of the activities and a list of the resources required to secure success.

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?
The Development Trust Association Scotland members should be involved.

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?
Sponsor them through education and provide apprenticeships.