A quick update on the Leading Lights Professional Development and Learning space

Post Covid we moved to using webinar and podcasts.


  • The first webinar (Autism) was delivered on 19th August –there were 319 registrations. We were advised that at a number of schools groups watched the webinar together.
  • The second webinar (School Transitions) was delivered 28 October – 296 registrations 

The webinars are available on Leading Lights – we have been advised that a number of schools are using this resource to support their ongoing Professional Development and Learning activity


  • The first podcast (School Attendance) was released on Leading Lights in September
  • We will release 3 separate podcasts (all focussed on Eating Disorders) in November to support the new Eating Disorders pathway when it goes live
  • Two of the podcasts are targeted at Yrs 9 to 13 – Julia Field Head of Guidance at ChCh GHS Chairs these sessions
  • The third podcast is targeted at Yrs 1 to 8

The podcast / webinar format has provided access to a wide range of schools – across Canterbury and the West Coast

There have been an increasing number of registrations from High Schools

We have also had registrations from a wide range of groups outside of schools – ie there have been a number of registrations from the MoE

2021 dates

We are aware that there is a lot happening in schools and that the Leading Lights Professional Development and Learning package is competing with multiple other activities

The feedback and evaluation suggests that the package being delivered is valued

On that basis we are looking to secure dates for the webinars next year – details are as follows

Term Date Time Topic

  • 24th March 3.30 – 4.30 Eating Disorders
  • 26th May 3.30 – 4.30 Suicidal Ideation
  • 23rd June 3.30 – 4.30 Child development
  • 18th August 3.30 – 4.30 ADHD
  • 3rd Nov 3.30 – 4.30 tbc

We will be releasing podcasts during the year – a number of these will be linked to pathway reviews – provide an update on changes to the pathways