Anastasia Moore, S6, was part of a small group of pupils who met with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, at the Scottish Parliament. Mr Swinney had invited the senior pupils in to meet with him to discuss the pupil empowerment conference that the pupils had attended in February. The conference was organised by School Leaders Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament and involved young people from schools across Scotland coming together to discuss how schools involve them in the decision-making processes that affect them. Teacher were ‘banned’ from the event, and the findings that resulted from the lively debate will be taken forward by Scottish Government officials. Anastasia was joined at the conference by Elle Wright. The pupils reported back to Mrs Dobson, Headteacher, that in their opinion pupils at Dalkeith High School have many opportunities to have their voices heard and feel that their views are valued and acted upon.