Joint Careers Convention 7th February 2018

Dalkeith High School, St David’s High School and Saltersgate Special School are delighted to invite you to our Careers Convention 2018. The convention aims to provide our young people with information on a wide range of possible future career pathways.

Pupils taking the step from school into the world of work need to be well informed if they are to choose a job, training placement, college or university course appropriate to their abilities, aptitudes and interests.

Information on employment, training, college and university courses is available from a variety of sources including careers advisers, school staff, the media and family and friends. The convention allows pupils and their parents/carers to talk directly to the providers of these opportunities.

Toot Toot App

“Toot Toot” – Make a Noise


  • ‘Toot Toot’ is an online Pupil Voice, safeguarding platform.
  • Michael Brennan established the company as he was bullied (including cyber bullying) so badly he had to move school.
  • He started a group in his new school with other pupils who got bullied as he wanted to get their thoughts about what they could do to make a change.
  • Toot Toot has been established for three years.
  • 700 schools across the UK and 35 worldwide currently use this communication method.
  • Has been reported that it has helped to reduce bullying by 36% and the process of resolving bullying related issues are addressed 6 times quicker with Toot Toot.
  • Can be accessed via the internet or through the FREE app, at home or in school.
  • Available on IOS with Android being available in early 2018.


Purpose and Aims

  • Aimed at encouraging and enabling young people to communicate with their school in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Initially the system was developed for bullying however it is now used in a range of ways e.g. Positive Messages/Feedback, Pupil Voice Concerns/Ideas.
  • It is aimed at pupils who are not confident at approaching or speaking to staff or who may feel embarrassed etc regarding sensitive issues.
  • Enables pupils to have the opportunity to speak to staff in an anonymous way.
  • This is not to replace existing communication methods but is an alternative or option for pupils.


The staff Members Involved

  • Not all staff should have access as it will become unmanageable.
  • Recommended that only a select few should be allocated the responsibility (referred to as Head Mentor/Admin) e.g. House Heads or Guidance.
  • Admin can forward any concerns or information onto the relevant staff member by reassigning the message through existing school communication means.
  • Head and Deputies will have access to the system in order to monitor and oversee the communication tool.


How it Works

  • Every user will create a user name and password which they use to sign into their free account.
  • Admin can request further information when accounts are set up e.g. Year and House. This helps to manage the information when messages are sent.
  • Reporting can be done by pupils anonymously and at any time.
  • Messages will only be replied to by Admin during the school day.
  • Admin are unknown to the pupils.
  • When messages are sent to Admin, pupils are only identifiable by a code.
  • When a message is sent it can be any length and a video or picture can be attached if required.
  • Notification of messages that have been received by Admin will be sent via their school email to inform them there is an active message which requires attention.
  • If pupils use the app they will be notified of a response through Push Notifications on their handheld device.
  • If pupils use a computer they will see their response on their next login or an email address can be added to receive alerts by email.
  • When you send a message it saves this message and any replies on the pupils’ login page for their records.
  • The record of what has been logged will be stored under two categories – Open Cases and Resolved Cases.
  • Cases are identified as being resolved by the Admin member but this should be agreed with the pupil.
  • A resolved case can be reopened if the pupil is not happy with the outcome.
  • Admin can add a message which appears at the bottom of the pupils login screen. This could be a reminder to pupils that there is a holiday etc so messages will not be responded to.


  • If Admin feels the pupil might be at risk then they can request for the pupil to reveal their identity.
  • If they refuse then Admin can obtain this as it may be a safe guarding concern.


Pupil Voice Feedback

  • All Pupil Voice members were in agreement that the app was a fantastic idea to allow pupils to communicate anonymously in a safe and secure way.
  • Kyle and Beth were concerned this could get misused but we were reassured that users could be blocked or banned for a period of time. In most cases Admin would probably determine very quickly if this was being misused and messages were false.
  • All felt this was a fantastic way of communicating positive feedback and ideas as well as issues related to bullying.
  • Pupil Voice representatives are very keen to promote this in DHS as a method of communication for all learners.


SLT Feedback

  • Pupil Voice representatives met with SLT to feedback information about the communication tool ‘Toot Toot’.
  • Pupil Voice shared their opinions, discussed and addressed any concerns SLT had regarding ‘Toot Toot’.
  • SLT were very impressed with the information shared and are keen to go ahead with implementing ‘Toot Toot’ as an additional means of communication at DHS.


SLT will seek clarification from the ‘Toot Toot’ company regarding Safeguarding to ensure our young people are fully protected if they use the communication tool.

Children’s University Success for Melissa

Congratulations to Melissa Reidie, S2, who has gained a Bronze and a Silver Diploma from the Children’s University. Melissa has completed 265 hours volunteering at the Dalkeith Brownies and Rainbows, where she helps out.

Well done Melissa! #DeterminedHappySuccessful

Scottish Schools Rugby Bowl Final

Cormac Grieg and Scott Millar, both S6,  play for Dalkeith Rugby Club, but also joined Ross High U18s so they could play rugby every week.

The boys were selected to play for Ross High in the Scottish Schools Cup and after clearance from Scottish Rugby, played in the tournament and went on to win the final at BT Murrayfield.

Michael Davidson, the rugby development officer at Ross High School, came to the school to get a photo of Cormac, Scott and Mrs Dobson with the Bowl.

Childline & the ZIPIT APP

Childline app helps teenagers say ‘no’ to sexting

An anti-sexting app from Childline is using humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves.

The Zipit app has been updated as new figures from Childline reveal the NSPCC service held 2,634 counselling sessions about sexting and self-generated explicit images in 2016/17. Sexting was also the most viewed topic on the Childline website last year with 221,840 page views.

The free app offers young people a gallery of images and animations called GIFs they can send in response to requests for sexual pictures and to deal with difficult sexting situations.

NSPCC is also looking to educate adults about sexting after a survey by the charity showed that almost half of parents in Scotland are unaware that it’s illegal for a child to take nude selfies.

The 2016 survey also confirmed that while over a third of parents fear their children will be involved in sexting – only 33 per cent spoke to them about the risks.

Counsellors heard how some teenagers felt pressured by peers into sending nude selfies. Some young people were worried that images they had sent would be shared with others or uploaded on to the internet.

One 14-year-old girl told us: “I sent some naked pictures of myself to a boy that I was talking to online. I really regret it now because he took screenshots and says that he’ll show them to all my friends. I don’t know how to report him, I really don’t want my family to find out.”

Head of NSPCC Scotland Matt Forde said: “Many young people tell Childline that they feel pressured into sending sexual images of themselves and don’t always have the confidence to say no.

“Once a teenager sends an image of themselves they have no control over where it is shared or who sees it, and sometimes images can end up online.

“This can leave a child feeling humiliated and even lead to them being bullied or blackmailed. By using humour Zipit helps young people take control of online chatting that becomes awkward or pressurised and support them if something goes wrong.”

Childline founder and President Dame Esther Rantzen said: “The online world is full of opportunities for young people but also presents dangers like sexting which they need help to withstand. Senior police tell me that sexting has become normalised for far too many young people, so many teenagers feel pressurised into sending explicit pictures of themselves.

“There is a real danger that they feel desperately humiliated, and it can sometimes result in them being abused or bullied into handing over money to prevent these images being shown to school friends or family members.

“Zipit gives them the weapon of humour so that they can resist this pressure in a way that feels appropriate and cool.  Many parents have told me they feel helpless when they try to protect their children against these dangerous pressures, so I’d encourage families and professionals to take a look at Zipit and share it with the teenagers they know.”

Zipit, originally launched in 2013 in partnership with creative network Livity, has now adapted to technology popular with teenagers and introduced GIFs co-created with 11-17-year-olds to help empower young people to defuse difficult and potentially damaging conversations.

View the Childline page here to download the ZIPIT APP