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:
STCA Part 6: Leave
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.”