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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.
NET Bulletin 29 August 2012 - Stress at work
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:18
Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) 29 August 2012. 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.
How to deal with stress at work
Feeling overworked, constantly run-down, reluctant to take time out with friends, tired and grumpy, unable to sleep, unsupported, anxious about registration?
Stress is a normal part of life, but all too frequently, we come across dedicated professionals who are new to teaching and in a state of crisis. Struggling with a myriad of pressures including family responsibilities, heavy workloads, large classes, difficult students, uncertain tenure, lack of supervision, long commutes, financial problems and strained relationships "“ they begin to wonder: is teaching really the career for me?
But wait "“ before you dash off into the sunset and abandon a challenging but incredibly rewarding job, let's talk about how to deal with stress. Irrespective of whether the "˜stressors' actually originate in the workplace - the physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms of stress can have a real impact on our ability to work. When people feel threatened or anxious, the limbic system of the brain is triggered in an intense and negative way known as "˜amygdala hijack' or the fight/flight threat response. So it is critical that stress is not left unmanaged as it can result in poor health, absenteeism, bullying and low morale.
Like any other hazard, workplace stress needs to be identified; eliminated, and/or minimized by your employer. PPTA encourages schools to engage proactively to support individuals showing signs of distress and ensure they are in a safe and healthy work environment. As good employees, we need to be responsive and communicative by talking to our employer about excessive workload and bullying. Easier said than done though - right? Everyone is busy and the school community is demanding "top performers" to deliver "5-star service". Indeed, sometimes finding the time or courage to communicate how we are coping feels impossible. So what can you do?
Get access to free workplace counselling
Yes, that's right "“ free counselling is available for most NZ teachers. PPTA encourages schools to subscribe to the Employee Assistance Program ("˜EAP') as part of their Health and Safety strategy. This program gives staff access to three sessions of free confidential counselling and advice each year that is either face-to-face, via telephone, or online chat. EAP registered practitioners have proved invaluable in assisting teachers throughout the country to work through relationship breakdowns, alcohol and drug issues, workplace bullying, family issues, depression, financial stress and personal trauma.
NET bulletin 19 July 2012 - Tenure & holiday pay
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:18
Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) 19 July 2012. 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.
What Establishing Teachers should know about Tenure and Holiday Pay
All teachers should have a letter of appointment that clearly states whether the position they hold is permanent or not.
If an Establishing Teacher's (ET's) position is permanent, normal pay will continue each fortnight throughout the summer vacation period.
If an ET currently holds a fixed-term or long-term relieving position that finishes at the end of the 2012 school year, the following will apply:
If they have taught the full year they will receive their normal fortnightly pay up to 27 January 2013 or an equivalent lump sum in December 2012. If the teacher has not worked the full school year, holiday pay is proportionalised.
There can be no legal expectation of ongoing employment. However, should a further fixed-term position be offered then the Employment Relations Act section 66 applies (see STCA clause 3.2.3). This means there must be "a genuine reason based on reasonable grounds" for anything less than a permanent position. Moreover, the reason for the position being fixed-term must be stated in writing (see STCA clause 3.2.2 (f)). Genuine reasons in teaching include relieving for another teacher while they are away on maternity, refreshment, sabbatical or study leave. The genuineness of other reasons may be questionable.
If a further offer of fixed-term or relief teaching is longer than one term, the position must be advertised in the Education Gazette (see STCA clause 3.2.2).
If you are offered a suspicious fixed-term or long-term relieving position, contact your PPTA field officer for further advice.
Establishing Teachers' Committee Convenor