Health and Safety resources for PPTA branches
- Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2016 05:00
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.
Better provision for due diligence: Health and Safety at Work Act (page from PPTA News April 2016)
New legislation raises the stakes (Health and Safety Act 2015) (page from PPTA News October 2015)
Publications and advice
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 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
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.
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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) 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.
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.
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
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)