The Foyle MLA was commenting after children across Derry and the North were informed of the outcome of their applications to post-primary schools. My office has been contacted by several parents whose children have been left distraught after being unplaced through this process, he said. This is extremely distressing for children who are left feeling rejected and isolated. And for parents there has been a clear lack of engagement, information and support from the department and the Education Authority (EA) about what will happen next. This is a perennial problem. “It happens every year and its long past time that the department came up with a long-term solution that puts the needs of children first. With regard to this years cohort, I am engaging with the department and the EA and I am pressing them to intervene now to resolve this and secure places for these children before any more unnecessary distress is caused. “I would urge any parents who find themselves in this position to get in touch with my office and we will certainly raise their case also.