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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 it is right. Some children decide by the age of twelve that they do not like science, or a particular science and that they are not going to pursue qualifications in the sciences at this early age. We need to reduce this, so that more young adults choose science in the the Senior Phase.

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.
Yes, there are many exciting initiatives across all stages from preschool through to graduate level training. These appear to be planned coherently, rather than ad hoc. They need to be sustainable over the longer term. They need to be advertised so they are known about and can be utilised.

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

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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?
Ensure that all pupils have a record of their progression in the sciences and can see the connections between their learning in nursery, primary and secondary school and see clearly where it can lead to.

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 it is difficult to challenge long-held perceptions. The mindset of parents and communities has to be changed if the youngsters are to have a positive attitude towards science. This can only be changed with sustained effort and through experiential learning of families.

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
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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.
I hope so, but it is very difficult to overcome the real disadvantages of poverty and families who are not scientifically literate. These require sustained investment at all stages of the learners' education. Relationships with role models require to be created and sustained, not just one-offs.

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?
Make their services accessible and affordable. Rural areas must not be ignored. Events should be well advertised sufficiently in advanced. Families should be genuinely welcomed and not talked-down-to.

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
They need to be involved in advertising the strategy, and being supportive of it. They must make strides to ensure that teachers do not feel that this will increase workload.

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?
Give all pupils and their families the chance to take advantage of their services, not just those with parents who have the money and the transport and the time to take their children to science centres and festivals.

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 should be on young learners, but workplaces could play their part by being involved in community events. If training is required to enable workplaces to understand the needs of young learners then this should be available.

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?
Sharing the framework as widely as possible through engagement with local authority and national coordinators, not just posted or emailed to centres.

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?
Very good idea. It could be taken forward via DYW coordinators and business organisations. Network events should not always take place after school. It can be difficult for teachers to make evening/late afternoon events. Coordinators should enable links to be made between relevant agencies.

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?
Good, but teachers need to have access to programmes with which the STEM ambassadors will work. Teachers don't always have the 'head space' to dream up projects to do with ambassadors. In the past I have had difficulty accessing suitable STEM ambassadors, eg females in Physics, Electronics specialists.

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?
Brownies, Cubs, youth clubs, etc.

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.
Subject choice fair for S2 pupils. Career Ready

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?
Support schools by going into local schools and sharing with pupils how STEM learning is relevant to careers. Working with pupils on specific projects.