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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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Ticked Yes
No

3. Are these success criteria right?

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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?
yes - particularly in primaries. Many primary teachers are not confident in their approach to teaching Science.

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, I believe that some of these strategies will. However, you need to focus on up-skilling staff that you already have. Excellent learning takes place when you have excellent staff. Children are engaged with Science when practicals have purpose, when speakers from outside come in or they visit an academic/science learning institution. Staff development is key to ensuring that STEM subjects are not only taught well but understood well. SSERC is essentially the national science learning center for Scotland. The work that they do is pivotal in: up-skilling primary school teachers and forming coherent and purposeful links with secondary schools, ensuring that practical work has purpose and not demonstrating a phenomenon as well as challenging the mindsets of staff to grow.

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.
Investigating and developing new strategies to tackle gender stereotyping in STEM education through our collaboration with the Institute of Physics - why just Physics? The number of boys in Biology is lower than girls. Delivering a successful teacher recruitment marketing campaign with a focus on STEM subjects. We are working with the teacher education institutions to develop new and innovative routes into teaching, particularly in the hard to fill subjects, including STEM and in geographical areas that have difficulty recruiting teachers. -true, I agree with this, but you also need to look at how Science is taught to these people being trained. Some primary students get as little as 4 hrs Science in their degree. I would argue that the Initial training of all teachers of STEM needs overhauled.

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 adequate funding and purposeful activities are employed to utilise that funding.

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?
Q1 -yes Q2 - yes, but there has to be an increase in the number and quality of CPD events. SSERC is a leading light in this respect.

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
Ticked Yes
No

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?
1) Greater use of STEM ambassadors. Encourage STEM ambassadors to contacts schools. 2) Encouragement of University Outreach programmes - most research grants are now tied in to public engagement. 3) Museums - engaging and interactive exhibits 4) SChools - STEM events for parents/carers

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
1) produce better quality STEM CPD for staff. Only seems to be SSERC doing this.

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 that festivals travel around Scotland. It's often difficult for schools to travel far away. I used to be able to go to Glasgow Science Centre, but since moving LA's I can't justify the cost or travel.

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.
1) Universities - outreach projects/open days 2) more subsidies for travel to STEM events 3) Travelling science festivals 4) Better CPD for staff of all early, primary and secondary sectors

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?
-Ensure that there is adequate and specific CPD -That there are experts for primary teachers/early years from the secondary sector who can act as support staff

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?
Scottish STEM ambassador network - this needs to be purposeful and happen across the whole country not just the central belt. There can't be a pooling of resources.

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?
I think it's a great idea but there is already a STEM ambassador programme that I feel is underused. These people should be proactive and seek out schools, ensuring that staff know what if out there for them.

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?
SSERC Natioanl Science Learning Centre Glasgow SCience Centre 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.
1) Working with primary schools 2) STEM visitors 3) Participation in university events 4) Sending staff for CPD - particularly to SSERC

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?
Ensure that the profession is treated more professionally. The GTCS and Education Scotland have made an excellent start to ensuring that teaching staff are training like industry. This needs to be ongoing and more rigorous, ensuring that staff have time to professionally read and attend courses regularly.