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Questions

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?
I think the scope is appropriate as creating strong foundations in STEM subjects from an early stage and through learners' formative years is essential.

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.
I think more money should be dedicated to the joint working of all schools and nurseries in cluster groups. The CPD provided by SSERC is outstanding and extremely beneficial. Personally I do not find it easy to get STEM ambassadors into my school. I have run a Cafe Sci for 6 years and find it difficult to get people who can discuss areas of STEM that pupils have identified as interesting. The process takes too long and can end up frustrating for the pupils who are managing the activity. There are misconceptions in my school about Modern Apprenticeships and I think this comes from parents who are determined that their children go to university. This needs to change as learners are missing out on good opportunities. Our DYW link does promote these opportunities however I think staff also need more information. Our local universities (Glasgow and Strathclyde) offer many opportunities for learners and teachers to engage with them. The Science centres are great but as budgets continue to be cut, it is often difficult to pay for transport for pupils to get there (eg by coach which is expensive).

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.
none

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

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No
Do you agree with the principles set out for implementation?
The understanding of STEM skills needs to be communicated effectively to teachers of STEM subjects. Developing/providing STEM related programmes which are value for money should increase pupil engagement and enjoyment.

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 like being able to 'rent' or borrow 'kits' that can be used for extracurricular activities or clubs. The KNEX kits from Science Connects are good but I would like more variety of kits available for teachers.

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?
I think the Strategy is clear and action focused and I hope the actions will achieve the aims. Sadly I think in schools it comes down to resources and money.

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.
Once again, communication with all teachers in schools is essential.

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?
Engage with the research and findings.

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
Support teachers on 'the front line'.

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?
Ensure activities are linked directly to curriculum and/or STEM careers. Challenge stereotypes of what a 'scientist' is.

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.
not sure.

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?
This looks useful but it would be better if it was based on HGIOS 4.

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 don't know how the LUMA centres in Finland work but a model for collaboration would be really helpful in ensuring that all stakeholders have a holistic approach to STEM education.

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?
It seems like a great idea. Care would need to be taken that the link ambassadors can deliver what each school wants and needs and that they have a sustainable approach to the link (eg if someone moves on will the link break down?)