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 - 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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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."

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