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.
Trainee teachers are entitled to free membership of the PPTA.
Note: Teacher trainee members do not have voting rights and cannot act as delegates.
PPTA Network of Establishing Teachers' Bulletin 1 2013
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:18
Welcome to the first New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Establishing Teachers' Bulletin for 2013.
New PPTA Establishing Teachers National Convenor
Congratulations to Austen Pageau for stepping up to the mark and taking on the challenge of being PPTA's Establishing Teachers' (NETs) National Convenor for 2013.
Austen teaches at Birkenhead College and can be seen here debating charter schools on the Union Report TV show last year:
The Union Report 18 June 2012
Maximum teaching hours - what new teachers need to know
- Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 03:37
What new teachers need to know contains excerpts from the PPTA Beginning teachers' handbook - a quick reference for new and beginning teachers in New Zealand secondary schools. This page tells you what you need to know about your maximum teaching hours.
No full-time first-year teacher should be teaching more than 15 hours per week (an average of three hours per day).
Second year full-time teachers should be teaching no more than 17.5 hours per week (an average of 3.5 hours per day).
Part-time first-year teachers who are employed for 12.5 (an average of 2.5 hours per day) or more hours per week are entitled to an additional 2.5 hours paid non-contact time (an average of half an hour per day). This should be either part of their 12.5 hours or an extra paid 2.5 hours non-teaching time.
Sections 5.2.2 and 5.2.3(a) of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) states that no teacher shall be timetabled to teach more than 20 hours per week.
Clause 3.8 of the STCA gives a further five hours non-contact time for first year teachers (0.2 FTTE) and 2.5 hours (0.1 FTTE) for second year teachers in full-time positions.
Sub-section 4.2 of the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA) provides non-contact time for secondary teachers in area schools.
Schools often use complicated time-tabling systems such as a six-day, 30-hour time table.
When applying STCA provisions, you need to use the average daily time to work out the maximum teaching time over the cycle.
Thus, in a six-day timetable:
- a first-year teacher should be teaching no more than 18 hours (6 x 3.0 hours).
- a second-year teacher would be teaching no more than 21 hours (6 x 3.5).
- a first-year part-time teacher employed for 15 hours (6 x 2.5) or more should be getting three hours non-contact (6 x 0.5) either as part of their 15 hours or in addition to them.
Duty, form time, and meetings are not considered contact time unless actual teaching of students takes place.
Part three of the STCA details other time allowances that may be of interest to beginning teachers. For example, the one hour per week heads of department have for each first- and second-year teacher in their department.
Overseas teachers new to New Zealand schools receive an allowance of 0.1 FTTE (2.5 hours) per week for the school to use in consultation with them for a maximum of two terms.
Permanent management units (PMUs) attract an allowance of one hour per unit up to a maximum of three hours per week.