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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PPTA Network of Establishing Teachers' Bulletin 3 2013 - Leave

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) July 2013. The bulletin 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.

Leave provisions for secondary teachers

Congratulations on completing a very long and busy term two.

Many Establishing Teachers are unaware of the myriad of leave provisions that can be found in Part Six of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) and Part Five of the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA).

The categories of leave include: sick leave, parental leave (including maternity leave and the maternity grant), bereavement/tangihanga leave, leave for family reasons, sabbatical leave, study leave, study support grants,  refreshment leave, sports leave, cultural leave, travelling time for leave purposes, and other forms of leave.

The following Collective Agreement links show the different types of leave in detail:

Link to PPTA webpage STCA Part 6: Leave

Link to PPTA webpage ASTCA Part 5: Leave

Your employer (school board) may also have a leave policy that offers additional leave entitlements. STCA 6.8.1 and ASTCA 5.8.1 make it easier for employers to offer additional leave entitlements by stating, "Nothing in this agreement limits the facility for teachers to apply to the employer for leave with or without pay in any circumstance specified or not."

PPTA Network of Establishing Teachers' Bulletin 2 2013

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) June 2013. The bulletin 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.

Teachers Council

Establishing Teachers' attention is drawn to two Teachers Council topics:

A 21st Century Education Body for the Profession

Firstly, A 21st Century Education Body for the Profession is a document that's been put out for consultation by the Minister of Education Hon. Hekia Parata reviewing parts of the Teachers Council. A full critique of the document will appear on pages 8 and 9 of the June PPTA News that will hit branches soon. The changes the Minister is proposing include: increasing Teachers Council registration and practising certificate fees, implementing a new form of quasi-registration called "˜Authority to Educate', and removing the right of certain groups within the sector, such as teacher unions, to nominate Council members.

Why not make a submission? The full document and process for making a submission can be viewed using this link:

Link to external website http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/Consultation/NZTCReviewProposals.aspx.

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