Response 755302002

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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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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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3. Are these success criteria right?

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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?
Targetting parents is key. Many still hold fairly entrenched views that can lead children away from STEM subjects. Similarly, primary teachers are often poorly supported or feel un-skilled when it comes to technology and engineering and additional support and encouragement for them could be extremely influential. In the secondary sector it is often guidance staff and careers advisors who are the single biggest influences on choices and are often a little in the dark with regard to the courses in school that lead most effectively to STEM careers. Ensuring that they have a deeper understanding of these courses and their relevance is also key.

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 are lots of excellent initiatives currently in action that are available for schools but pressures of time for teaching staff and limited resources (cover staff and finance) often preclude engagement.

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

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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?
Maximising impact means starting early. Targetting resources to schools will have a significant impact but the results would obviously take time to kick in.

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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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?
The N4/5/Higher/Advanced Higher Engineering Science course is one that has shown significant growth over the last three years but is still not being delivered in many schools. Providing support, resources and encouragement could play a huge part in boosting the number of students starting engieering degrees with a sigifiaantly greater chance of developing into high quality professionals.