Naomi, a participant on Minding The Gap, designed the new Lapwing logo.

Naomi, a participant on Minding The Gap, designed the new Lapwing logo.

 Lucas (Year 10) during his supported work placement at the Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns.

Lucas (Year 10) during his supported work placement at the Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns.

 Joseph (year 4) creating his own hand gym assault course to aid his fine motor skills for handwriting.

Joseph (year 4) creating his own hand gym assault course to aid his fine motor skills for handwriting.

Our story

Lapwing Education was founded in 2010 as an alternative education provider focused on delivering bespoke 1:1, 2:1 and small group provision to young people with complex additional needs.  Lapwing is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Lapwing aspire to work with young people (aged 4 to 25) who experience barriers to accessing education, employment and society generally.  We take a holistic approach to all our student programmes and projects, focusing on both personal and academic development wherever possible.  By keeping the young person’s needs, interests and aspirations at the very heart of the decisions taken about their provision, we deliver excellent outcomes for our students. As a consequence, we are growing in the scale and breadth of our offer in order to reach more young people in need across East Anglia.

In the early years most of our students were over 16 years old.  Our bespoke post 16 programmes are long term and usually commissioned annually.  They are designed to support those students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and are unable to access or maintain a conventional college course.

Since 2014 we have also worked with primary and secondary age students with complex needs.  We still work with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, but increasingly our students include those with social, emotional and mental health issues.  

Our pre-16 student programmes are often reactive and short term coming in the form of a specialist interim provision and usually incorporating therapeutic interventions depending on the young person’s situation. We are sometimes supporting a student to reintegrate or transition into an education provision or we are offering a longer term personalised programme to meet the young person’s specific education, health and care needs.

We also run grant funded projects, always with a specific focus and clearly defined outcomes.  In 2017 we began working as area co-ordinator for the Minding The Gap project (funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund) within central Suffolk.  Our sole purpose is to re-engage approximately 200 of the hardest to reach 15-24 year olds who are not in education, employment and training and, through employing a range of approaches and delivery partners, move them back into education, training or work.

If you are interested in finding out more about our work please get in touch at enquiries@lapwingeducation.com or on 01473 621762.