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Craig’s Lapwing Story

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Craig studied with Lapwing from 2013-2015, overcoming personal barriers to achieve great success.

Here he is talking about his learning experience in his own words.

Craig had been excluded from several schools, eventually spending a year at a residential PRU.  He returned to mainstream education in Year 9, but didn’t cope with a regular classroom environment and was placed in a special unit within the school. Despite this additional support his attendance was poor and he was, once again, at risk of exclusion.

His objective in working with Lapwing was to control his emotions, enabling him to remain in education and achieve success in his chosen subject of music technology.

Craig’s programme

In September 2013 Craig started his Lapwing programme two days a week. His programme began with a Bronze Arts Award which allowed him to have an alternative, bespoke timetable as well as learn new skills and build confidence.  He studied for a Silver Arts Award (in Music Technology & Photography) in the same year, producing several instrumental tracks and achieving Level 2. These were delivered by our partner at the highly effective social enterprise Noise Solution, which mixes music and digital stories to change lives.

Craig Battle BBC Suffolk

The following September Craig embarked on his Gold Arts award (a Level 3 qualification.) As part of this qualification, Craig volunteered at Felixstowe Radio and secured his own regular radio show.  Being a volunteer at Felixstowe Radio enabled Craig to become part of his community. He was also interviewed by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Jon Wright, talking openly about his struggles with anger and past criminal behaviour.hr_Z4A2673

As part of his Arts Award Craig delivered four Hip Hop workshops at Gainsborough Library, teaching pupils from Ipswich Academy how to create a track using a sampler drum machine. This was a challenging task and he had to adapt and develop his approach as he went along. He made the workshops interactive and incorporated Rapping and Djing, with the aim of doing a performance in the final workshop.

This proved to be a rewarding learning experience for the Ipswich Academy students as well as Craig and allowed him to grow in confidence and self belief.

Qualifications gained whilst with Lapwing:

  • Bronze Arts Award
  • Silver Arts Award, Level 2 (GCSE A*- C standard)
  • Gold Arts Award Level 3 qualification (AS equivalent).


fullsizeoutput_269Craig achieved 90.1% Lapwing attendance. At his academy his attendance increased from 76.42% in 2012-13 to 82.66% in 2013-14 and 81.56% in 2014-2015.

Craig’s attitude to learning improved dramatically, as did his attendance, ability to regulate his emotions and personal conduct. He secured a place at Suffolk New College but unfortunately this was short lived as he struggled with the unsupported transition.

After finishing his Lapwing programme, Craig helped run a Suffolk Coastal-funded Lapwing project, working with 10 disadvantaged young people from the local community to produce several radio shows. His experience and knowledge made him an indispensable asset to this project. Craig writes his own lyrics and raps, which he performed at the Lapwing end-of-year celebration event in 2015. He is now employed as an apprentice barber and we are very proud of all he has achieved.


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