Mr Alex Lingard BSc (Hons)
Head Teacher

We’re currently looking for a new Deputy Head and as part of the selection process I’ve been visiting candidates in their own schools. Not only does this give me an insight to how they interact with the students and staff who know them, it also gives me a chance to have a look around other schools. Without question I have seen some fantastic things on my travels. I’ve visited 3 ‘outstanding’ schools and pinched some ideas from them that we could use at Liskeard. It has also made me realise though that not only do we have great facilities and behaviour here, but what we are doing to try and develop resilience in our students and improve their independence is exactly the right thing to do.

Over the last week I have been dropping into lessons and observing students’ attitudes to learning. Many of them have bought into the challenge of becoming outstanding learners and understand the importance of effort and resilience. In an attempt to help students and teachers recognise what resilience looks like in class we have published the checklist below. It would be great if parents could refer to it when discussing school and homework with your son or daughter.

Students who are gaining in resilience…

  • ask thoughtful questions
  • look for links and connections
  • share ideas and offer suggestions
  • listen to the views of others
  • recognise their own strengths and weaknesses
  • want to know how to improve
  • like to be challenged
  • are not afraid to make mistakes
  • overcome difficulties and setbacks
  • reflect on their learning
  • make the most of resources at their disposal

Next week we will be sending you a hard copy of the checklist to stick on your fridge! Half-term soon – hope you all have a great week!


Mr Lingard

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
PL14 3EA

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