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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
Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?
I like the definition of Engineering and the skills required for this discipline and the acknowledgement that maths underpins the S, T and E.

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?
To be honest, you have put me off by this point by using jargon and rhetoric that only politicians use and are judged by many to be meaningless words. As I read further there are a different set of four priority themes that are more easily understood and are well intended. Again, it smacks of words on paper rather than genuine intent. Proof will be in the pudding.

3. Are these success criteria right?

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Ticked Yes
No
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
If by that you mean the outcomes of the strategy then yes they are sound.

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?
100 % focus should be on giving schools the resources and time to provide our children with the opportunities to develop the appropriate skills and share experiences that will give them the chance to successfully contribute to STEM related industries. Invest hard cash directly in schools (not councils).

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.
There is many wonderful things happening although I am not certain schools understand how to deal with STEM, primarily because the curriculum is too busy and workloads are saturated. STEM is seen as flavour of the month to be replaced by something else so why waste time to provide a genuine meaningful experiences (not to mention the lack of money to resource anything). Token gestures will not have an impact.

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.
Take control away from councils and provide finances directly to schools. No change will happen without investing hard cash. We need exemplars of good practice of STEM being embedded into the curriculum. Not one off events, not the odd project lesson plan but a proper road map of what could be done to improve the skills of our pupils.

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?
It looks like the principles are to hope that changes will just happen and you can monitor it. Unless money is invested in schools then no changes will happen.

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?
Money.

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?
No I do not think it is action focussed. It is a paper written by bureaucrats for bureaucrats.

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.
This is not a strategy. This is tokenism. Well intended but no substance.

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?
Get the school's to develop a scheme of works to be implemented. Avoid repetition and draw out the good work already being done to improve our children's opportunities. Invest money.

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
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.

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?
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.

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.
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.

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?
More rhetoric but in a nice table.

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?
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.

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?
Does that not already exist through STEMNET? Access to STEM ambassadors is already available.

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?
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.

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.
Not enough. Our school has taken the token gesture approach. I am developing a STEM strategy for our school. Without resources it is unlikely to be fully implemented.

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?
Focus on schools. Third party involvement will be informed by the school's needs.