*Frequently Asked Questions*
Your most frequently-asked questions, answered.
I only want to do occasional day relieving – do I have to pay the full membership fee?
I am taking leave, what happens to my PPTA membership?
I am moving schools. What happens to my PPTA membership?
How do I change my contact details?
Can I remain a member of PPTA when I retire?
Can I retain membership of Healthcare Plus after I retire from teaching?
Getting a Job
Registration and Certification
What is the difference between registration and certification?
Do relievers need to be registered and hold a practising certificate?
What should appear on a fixed term agreement/letter of appointment?
What are the reasons for establishing a fixed-term agreement?
Workload and Timetabling
I don’t think I am being paid correctly for my qualifications and experience. Who should I contact?
What impact does taking Leave Without Pay (including parental leave) have on my holiday pay?
Will maternity leave result in a loss of holiday pay when I return to work?
I am on a fixed term contract for the year which ends on the 15th of December, do I get holiday pay?
What happens to my holiday pay when I resign from teaching during the year?
Communities of Learning
Health and Safety
What is my sick leave entitlement?
Why isn’t my sick leave balance going up each year?
How much sick leave do I have?
What happens when I run out of sick leave?
If I am sick on a Friday and the following Monday, how many sick days are deducted?
If I am sick during term time, will it affect my holiday pay?
I work part-time but got a full day of sick leave deducted
Parental Provisions/ Maternity Grant
How much maternity leave am I eligible for? (I have 12 months service)
How much maternity leave am I eligible for? (I have less than 12 months service)
How much notice do I have to give to return after maternity leave?
How much notice do I have to give if I intend to take 24 months of maternity leave?
I am covering someone's maternity leave. How much notice do I get that they are returning?
Leave for family reasons
When can I take leave for family reasons?
I have been granted study leave. Do I have to attend school on the days before my leave commences / after it finishes?
I have been called for jury duty
Bereavement/ Tangihanga Leave
Can I be granted bereavement /tangihanga leave to pay my respects to someone other than a relative or near relative?
An extreme weather event is preventing me getting to school. Can I get leave with pay for staying home?
I have been told to stay home because of an infectious epidemic but I am not sick. Am I on leave with pay or sick leave?