Network of Establishing Teachers


PPTA's Network of Establishing Teachers (previously known as the YANT Network) is for teachers in their first ten years who are establishing themselves in the profession.  The network operates mainly by email and has the following goals:

-    To provide a support network for teachers in their first ten years at both a national and a regional level
-    To nurture activism among PPTA members
-    To support recruitment and retention initiatives

The national Establishing Teachers' Committee is elected at the Issues and Organising Seminar held at the beginning of each year from the regional representatives of the network who attend.


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Establishing Teachers’ Need to Know Bulletin - What’s the role of PPTA?

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) June 2014.

This bulletin on the Role of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) is published as a brief information update for teachers who are  members of PPTA and are in their first 10 years of teaching.

What’s the role of PPTA?

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Being a member of PPTA is about becoming a part of a network of 18,000 teachers across Aotearoa/ New Zealand who are passionate about education. This network enables PPTA to have the inside word on education, be a strong voice for quality public education, and to help shape the future of NZ schools.

PPTA has a dual role: Firstly, it forms the professional association for secondary school teachers; and secondly, it is a legally registered union that can advocate for your rights at work and negotiate collective agreements to achieve better pay and conditions for members.

Why is PPTA a professional association and union? Because you can’t separate the industrial and professional functions of teaching. Take class size for example - the number of students in each teacher’s class impacts on both learning and workload.

Membership gives you opportunities to attend free training and professional development, as well as social events where you can network and connect with like-minded people. You are also entitled to access free industrial advice; legal assistance; and some pretty amazing discounts on banking, healthcare and shopping.

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Establishing Teachers Need to Know Bulletin - Workplace Bullying

 

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) May 2014. This bulletin on workplace bullying is published as an information update for teachers who are  members of the the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) and are in their first 10 years of teaching.

Bully Nets bulletin 2014Naming and Shaming - Workplace Bullying in New Zealand

Bullying is often referred to as the ‘silent epidemic’ in workplaces. Workplace bullying has been identified in recent WorkSafe New Zealand Guidelines as a ‘significant hazard’ and the findings of a New Zealand based multi-university research report on stress and bullying in 2009 revealed that one in five participants reported being constantly bullied in the workplace.

Unfortunately, the concept of ‘bullying’ has not always been clearly defined in employment law. The issue of workplace bullying has often been cast in a simplistic way as ‘bad behaviour’ versus ‘reasonable management instruction’ - the reality is much more complex than this.

Bullying behaviours

Bullying behaviours include: public humiliation, persistent public criticism, undermining integrity, inaccurate accusation, witch hunt, undervaluing contribution, scapegoating, overloading, ridiculing, intrusions on privacy, belittling, impossible deadlines, unwanted physical contact, threats of violence, dirty looks, unjustified disciplinary hearings, isolating, ignoring views, removing responsibility, denial of opportunity, verbal abuse, stalking, teasing, lies being told, attacking beliefs, and using obscene or offensive language.

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