Response 52677918

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Questions

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

Please select one item
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?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

3. Are these success criteria right?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
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?
Public perception is crucial. Perceptions that it is acceptable to be poor in numeracy/maths need to be challenged. Perhaps through advertising campaigns, reaching out to the least interested adults, motivating them to pay attention, learn and change the attitudes they pass to their children. Additionally, young people should not be channeled into what some adults consider more 'academic' studies - at the expense of STEM subjects - again the media could be used to raise awareness/change attitudes.

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.
They do, as far as I can tell.

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.
Please see my response to 4 above.

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

Please select one item
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?
I believe that challenging perceptions through both actions and publicity would be of benefit.

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?
It seems clear and focused. The proposed actions should go some way to achieving the aims and intended outcomes. However, as with any strategy, monitoring of progress and making any necessary amendments will be crucial. SIMPLY DEVELOPING A STRATEGY WILL NOT NECESSARILY RESULT IN THE INTENDED OUTCOMES.

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.

Please select one item
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.
Please see my responses to questions 4 and 9. Once again, public perceptions need to be challenged and changed. Parents, extended families and communities need to be targeted with information to facilitate attitudinal change.

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?
Please see 4, 9, 10 above. Also Outreach/Community Groups/Partnership working to offer experiences which are designed to challenge perceptions.

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
It is to be hoped that awareness raising through the Strategy would result in appropriate actions and improved support. e.g. GTCS - capacity in teaching STEM subjects in Primary Schools recognised within the Standard for Full Registration.

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?
Partnership working with Scottish Government and its agencies in the planning and funding of Outreach Programmes in schools and communities.

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.
Education - reach out to pupils in the upper stages of primary schools and early secondary - before courses are chosen. Challenge perceptions about gender/status/opportunities for careers in STEM.

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?
Once again - challenge perceptions: * facilitate opportunities to support teaching staff in teaching STEM subjects * encourage 'can do' attitudes in pupils and staff * change attitudes to academic status of STEM subjects * involve parent and community groups * inform about wide ranging career opportunities

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?
I think it's an excellent proposal.

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?
Again, an excellent proposal and perhaps this would be the vehicle to facilitate the above.

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?
All I would suggest are already detailed in my earlier responses.

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.
N/A

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?
Become involved in 14, 15 and 16 above.