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Parents and pupils experiencing educational nightmare after not securing places in chosen schools

Lorraine Wylie speaks to two families struggling to secure their children a school place

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Heartbreak: Lynsey Dempster and daughter Emily. Credit: Peter Morrison

Heartbreak: Lynsey Dempster and daughter Emily. Credit: Peter Morrison

Heartbreak: Lynsey Dempster and daughter Emily. Credit: Peter Morrison

The arrival of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown has brought challenges to all sections of the community but, for young people it’s been particularly difficult.

Last year’s decision to close schools has had a major impact on children’s education but even more alarming is the toll its taken on their mental health.
In fact, a major study suggests that anxiety and depression is 25% more common among children in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK.


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