Our Consultation Work with Children and Young People
We work to ensure participation is at the heart of our projects and shapes our policy positions
STEM Strategy Consultation - Young People
As part of the wider consultation process for the Strategy, ‘A STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland’, the Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland to carry out research on children and young people’s experiences of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)-related learning and their awareness and understanding of STEM jobs.
The aim of Children in Scotland’s research was to ensure that children and young people’s voices are heard by policymakers, and the project involved a series of engagement activities with children and young people to gather their views and attitudes on learning, work and their lived experience of STEM.
Children In Scotland worked with over 70 children and young people; this included children and young people from P3 to S2 in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway. The work covered things that help learning or are barriers to learning in STEM and knowledge and attitudes towards STEM related jobs.
The research conclusions highlight the need for:
· support for schools to do more Engineering activities and make Maths as interesting and enjoyable as possible
· encouragement of more women to become Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers and men into primary teaching
· supporting boys and girls to think about the types of jobs involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
Our Participation And Engagement staff really enjoyed this work with the children and young people. They especially enjoyed getting their hands dirty with some of the experiments involved!
Jane Miller, Assistant Policy Officer said: "It was fantastic to find out from children and young people about their experiences of STEM, especially as there are so many possibilities for all young people within the STEM fields!"
School Nurses Review
To inform the Scottish Government review of school nursing across Scotland, Children in Scotland was asked to speak to children and young people to find out how the school service works in their school and what they think could be better.
The consultation explored the following areas:
• What school nurses do
• What types of issues they help with
• What children might like to know about the school nurse role
• What might stop young people seeking help from the school nurse
• How should school nurse services be accessed.
We spoke to 34 children and young people in schools from P6 to S6, across Perth & Kinross and Dumfries & Galloway. Our sessions used participative and creative methods to allow children to share their thoughts and ideas.
Read the report
It was discussed by the parliamentary committee on Thursday 22 June at a session attended by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.