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Health and Safety resources for PPTA branches
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Some of the health and safety resources developed by the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) for the use of members are listed on this page.
Where a teacher's health and safety is shown to be at risk in the carrying out of her/his duties the employer shall take all reasonable steps as are necessary to remove or minimise the identified risk for the teacher and if appropriate, to do so in consultation with the relevant health and safety authorities.
You may find additional materials here:
Publications and advice
Download PPTA health and safety guidelines for secondary and area schools (295.17KB, 56 pages)
The aim of this document is to make schools safer and healthier working environments for New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) members and branches through understanding and using the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (The Act).
Violence and Bullying
School anti-violence toolkit (2012)
The School Anti-Violence Toolkit has been updated to include a section specifically about violence against teachers.
Resources for members and branches to use when working to ensure that their school is a safe and welcoming place for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (GLBTI) students, teachers, and families/whanau.
Teachers - the new targets of schoolyard bullies? (Benefield, 2004)
This paper refers to both bullying and harassment of teachers.
Best practice behaviour management: A view from the literature (Patty Towl, 2007)
The review suggests that managing challenging student behaviour is not about personal competence; it is a school climate and professional development issue.
Temperature in the classroom
PPTA) guidance on minimum and maximum classroom temperatures for the health and safety of teachers and students.
Online safety for teachers
Web tools can provide useful and powerful teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students who use them. However the insecure nature of the Internet environment can mean there is an element of risk for both teachers and students.
Health and Safety representatives in schools
The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 requires all workplaces with more than 30 employees to develop a system for effective employee participation in health and safety and to elect health and safety representatives.
Together with NZEI and the Service and Food Workers' Union, we've developed a Health and Safety kit to help members with the requirements of the Act:
Education Change management toolkit
The toolkit contains general principles for implementing successful education change in schools and a series of questions to answer before, during and after a change is trialled.
Included is a draft policy which branches can discuss with their boards.
Education change management toolkit (609.11 KB)