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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Teacher trainees

Trainee teachers are entitled to free membership of the PPTA.

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Note: Teacher trainee members do not have voting rights and cannot act as delegates.

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Empowering young workers

Empowering young workers (PPTA News 2015)Hutt Valley NET (Network of Establishing Teachers) coordinator Chris Carr talks about the importance of helping student workers become empowered workers and shares resources now available for schools.

I am immensely proud of our union. We are a body that stands for the rights of teachers as workers and which consistently balances our own needs with a sense of social responsibility that at times challenges even our own fight for improved conditions. Why then don’t we encourage our students to improve their own conditions of work? Why don’t we take an active part in educating our students to be more than just skilled workers and make them empowered workers as well?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our students have lives outside of school: that after their 12 or 13 years of learning about similes, symbiosis, and statistics, students are thrown out into the workforce and suddenly required to navigate the world of contracts, bosses, and pay cheques. Even while studying, a significant proportion of our students (42.5% according to a 2006 Department of Labour Survey) have part-time jobs.

Unfortunately our education system currently does very little to educate young people about what to expect when they enter the workforce. Students as a group have very little idea of their rights and responsibilities as workers. This leaves them open to exploitation. Though there are important efforts made by individual subject teachers and by careers advisers, these only reach a relatively small portion of our students.

This situation became glaringly obvious recently when Alex Le'Long, Lawrence Mikkelsen, Nathan Thomson, and I, NET reps from around the country, attended the Council of Trade Unions Stand Up conference earlier this year.  At the conference, we were surroundedby young union volunteers who werepassionately trying to improve the workingconditions of young workers. Time and time again they expressed frustration athow difficult it is to help young people stand up for their rights when they don’t even know what those rights are.


NET bulletin September 2015 - PLD that suits you

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) September 2015. This bulletin with links and ideas for professional learning and development (PLD) is published as an information update for teachers who are  members of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) and are in their first 10 years of teaching.

Professional learning and development (PLD) that suits you

Tangata ako ana i te whare, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana. 

A person who is taught at home, will stand collected on the marae.

There is a wide range of different kinds of professional learning available out there. But knowing where to look can be confusing and sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

Finding out about it

PPTA run some fabulous courses, for example the PRT (Provisionally Registered Teacher) course under the banner of the Mahi Tika (Employment Relations) programme. Attendance at these courses is often covered by your school’s allocation of employment related education leave.

Te Tapuae o Rēhua offers Ministry of Education funded support to all PRTs as well as to their mentors. Click on the link for the timetable and info about how to access it.

If you’re looking for more subject oriented professional development - look to your subject associations as they often have different PLD sessions running throughout the year that can help build more confidence in marking and moderation as well as help create new units and inspiration for your classroom. For subject specific PLD on NCEA many teachers find the NZQA Best Practice Workshops very useful. Subject specific workshops for beginning teachers are sometimes offered by education centres such as Kohia Education Trust.

A lot of courses and conferences are advertised in the notices section of the Education Gazette too; you’ll have lots of paper copies in the staffroom no doubt. You can also keep up with what’s going on by signing up to the national newsletters in each learning area, which are provided by the Ministry of Education’s secondary student achievement contract.

Redefine your own inquiries by finding relevant PLD sessions that will actually help you in your teaching and learning programmes. There are some great workshops and conferences being run throughout the country - check out to see when the next session is near you!