Health and Safety resources for PPTA branches

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.

Link to PPTA webpage STCA Part 12 Health and Safety

Link to PPTA webpage ASTCA Part 10 Health and Safety

icon Better provision for due diligence: Health and Safety at Work Act (page from PPTA News April 2016)

icon New legislation raises the stakes (Health and Safety Act 2015) (page from PPTA News October 2015)

weblink Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

weblink Ministry of Education health and safety resources

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Publications and advice

icon Rest and meal breaks: Guidelines to the Employment Relations Act 2000

Teaching can have a heavy and demanding workload. That’s why it’s important for your own health and safety – as well as your students’ learning – that you have the opportunity to take regular breaks.

Download pdf 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


Link to webpage Behaviour guidelines (2014)

These guidelines focus on a systems approach to behaviour management - identifying when they are effective and how they support teachers and students.

Link to webpage School anti-violence toolkit (2016)

The  School Anti-Violence Toolkit has been updated to include a section specifically about violence against teachers.

Link to PPTA webpage Resources for LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) students, teachers, and families/whanau

Resources for members and branches to use when working to ensure that their school is a safe and welcoming place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) students, teachers, and families/whanau.

pdf icon Teachers - the new targets of schoolyard bullies? (Benefield, 2004)

This paper refers to both bullying and harassment of teachers. 

pdf  icon 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.

 Link to website Bullying prevention and response: a guide for schools (Ministry of Education -  Bullying Prevention Advisory Group)

This publication from the Ministry of education Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (PPTA is a member) may also be of use:


Temperature in the classroom


PPTA) guidance on minimum and maximum classroom temperatures for the health and safety of teachers and students.

Download pdf Download Temperature advice

Link to webpage Temperature in the classroom


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.

Link to PPTA webpage Digital communication [ICT advisory committee]

Link to PPTA webpage Schools and email [ICT advisory committee]

Link to PPTA webpage Contact with parents and students by phone (landline and cellphone) [ICT advisory committee]


Health and Safety representatives in schools


If you have been elected as a health and safety representative and want to register for training go to, or contact your local PPTA field office.


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.

Download pdf Education change management toolkit (609.11 KB)


Useful Contacts

Link to PPTA webpage Rainbow teachers

pptaweb icon PPTA Field Offices