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

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Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?
I don’t agree with the definition of STEM as the idea behind the concept is that all of the disciplines have equal weighting, not all being additions to Mathematics. I feel that CDEGT is where the core of the technologies lie, this is often missed with the strive to get everyone in university. Is creativity just the application of knowledge? It looks like England and Wales are about to reverse this trend with Technical Institutes. Lets hope Scotland follows suit.

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
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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?
The aims are aspirational and many of these can be met if the Scottish Government is prepared to fund schools so all schools have equal equipment. There has been no investment in many CDEGT departments since the years of Margaret Thatcher. Machinery is often left broken as councils have no money to repair these pieces of kit. Has industry been involved in producing these goals.

3. Are these success criteria right?

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Yes
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If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
S.C. is not correct as not all learners will engage with all STEM disciplines. The CfE does not allow for all the subjects to be followed by all learners and also not everyone wants to be in certain subjects. That is why we should teach parts of other subjects within our own, learning in a different context.

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?
Timetable restrictions mean that creativity and higher order thinking are not priorities, just jumping through hoops to achieve passes in assessment (spoon feeding).

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?
The document lists Maths, Science and DYW and little else. The Technologies is where the most impact will come from as it works with all learners at all levels.

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?
Teacher workload if the hurdle which needs to be looks. Will the Scottish Government provide schemes of work with lessons planned and kit provided.

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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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 consultation will not have any positive effect on our learners unless engagement with all of STEM is clear.

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?
Provide time for teachers to develop appropriate courses

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 GTCS need to start responding to what the teacher needs not just to collect monies to fulfil the requirements of the Scottish Government.

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?
Is STEM just about science, some of the best science is learnt in another context i.e. metalwork and engineering.

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.
Looking at HNC level being taught in school, or Higher level in "vocational" subjects.

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?
Involve more specialist cover or high schools the facilities to engage with primaries.

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?
Funding time for teachers to work with colleges

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?
I feel that industry and classroom teachers need to be listened to not just consultants. The Wood report is a great place to start.

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.
We are having to take part in competitions and look for funding through initiatives not directly linked with the curriculum to fund new technologies in the classroom/workshop

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?
Reinstate the chartered teacher program and improve equipment equity in schools. Return to subjects instead of faculties, what has it achieved, a saving in money but to the detriment of quality of learning provided.