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Katy Alder

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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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If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
success criteria are good but i think there should also be a requirement for improved uptake in the number of stem subjects - i.e. more young people taking stem subjects at school and then in further/higher education, and more young people taking more stem subjects. CfE runs the risk of bright pupils not being able to access more than one science as pupils have to narrow their choice of N5 and Higher.

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. i saw a piece of research that showed that successful scientists were 'inspired' between the ages of primary 7 to S2, so investment at primary level very important. should def include and acknowledge the training that employers provide.

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.
all the activity is suited well to the strategy. Needs to be better advertised as I didn't know about a lot of it. training in the primary sector is particularly important as many primary teachers are not confident in stem and will give this a low priority. attracting stem graduates into primary science is needed.

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.
the organisation SSERC provides very valuable and high quality training to secondary and primary teachers. This is funded by public money and is essential to this strategy. Didn't notice it mentioned in the document.

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?
make sure the chief scientific adviser has an important status and her work recognised properly and her team properly funded and taken seriously.

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?
lots of clear specific actions, using all the stuff already out there and making more use of it.

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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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.
any thing that focusses on improving equity will be effective - it's all about getting the people already in the sector to show the variety of roles that are available.

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?
schools - should seriously consider the implementation of CfE with respect to the sciences. the sciences should not be considered as one subject - they are broader than that and need more recognition that they need more time in the timetable. also, the quality of teachers is very important - it was good to see a focus on attracting STEM graduates into teaching in your paper. However, incentives are probably needed as other careers are paying more now - there is a big shortage of maths teachers just now. science festivals also do a fantastic job in reaching the public and 'normalising' science. More focus on primary science - primary science fairs?

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
don't lower the standard required for science teaching. we need able scientists/graduates - honours degree. learned societies - continue funding education coordinators as they do a lot of work connecting schools and universities/employers

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?
bring more stuff into schools. make use of parents with science backgrounds/jobs to help do stuff in primaries.

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?
Training of staff! Provide time and money for teachers to do training. Make use of parent councils/parent support.

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?
working groups in each authority? we already have a start on this in Midlothian with meetings at Roslin/Bush in december.

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?
make use of the existing programme - no point duplicating. focus on what scotland can offer.

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?
Private sector! there is no point promoting STEM if there are limited job prospects in scotland so that people leave. need to make sure we have STEM businesses setting up here. More SMEs. Need to fill empty sites e.g. Bush

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.
STEM meeting with university/roslin to promote STEM in midlothian. CLPL with our cluster primaries to improve confidence of primary teachers. participation in british science week and other outreach e.g. Salter's. our school is member of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Learn Chemistry Partnership that promotes the chemical sciences.

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?
more promotion of what they actually do and how STEM subjects are relevant. more involvement in local schools/colleges.