Research, guides, information and policies published by PPTA Te Wehengarua

A policy development or review process: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 7. The following steps should assist in situations where a school either has no timetabling policy – or it is undergoing a review.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
About PPTA PPTA Te Wehengarua is the professional association and union of teachers and principals committed to improving secondary education for New Zealand students.
January 16, 2018 16/01/18
ASTCA Part Four Hours of Work: About Time toolkit Appendix 4 Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement Part Four - Maximum Timetabled Classroom Teaching Time
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
ASTCA workload entitlements pamphlet (2013) The terms and conditions of employment for PPTA Te Wehengarua members in area schools, are set out in the Area School Teachers Collective Agreement (ASTCA). These terms and conditions include your workload entitlements.
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April 12, 2017 12/04/17
Branch Audits: About Time toolkit Appendix 1 Branch audit process on timetabling, for schools covered by the Secondary School Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) and the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA)
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Developing further policy components: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 5 of toolkit. Schools have developed different frameworks to deliver student learning programmes. Most, because of limited school resourcing and facilities, and community needs and expectations, are variations on a traditional timetable, but schools are also experimenting with new forms of programme delivery however in innovative timetables.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Duty outside timetabled hours (2009) 2009 Annual conference paper. Teachers feel a tension between their supervisory and administrative duties, on one hand, and on the other the broader professional drive to effectively engage with students to build effective relationships. This is exacerbated by the increasing complexity of the core teaching task itself, as teaching shifts towards a more student-centred focus and as the assessment system becomes more complex and time consuming.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Extra-curricular activities guidelines (2010) The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify the obligations PPTA members have in relation to extra-curricular issues. As far as possible, the guidelines endeavour to support teachers who are willingly and actively engaged in extra-curricular activities and, as well, those who wish to have no part in it. These guidelines outline teachers' rights but also suggest positive ways schools can encourage and support extra-curricular activities.
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November 16, 2016 16/11/16
Fixed term agreements: guidelines to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (May 2015) A fixed term agreement is when your job at a school is temporary rather than
permanent. For example, you might be appointed to a full-time position at a high school to teach English for a year or you may be appointed to work on a literacy project at a high school and your employment will conclude at the end of the project.
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December 19, 2016 19/12/16
Frequently asked questions: About Time toolkit Appendix 10 FAQs - contact time. Timetabled contact and non-contact time Questions 1-12, Average class/group size Questions 13-31, Part time non-contact Questions 32-35
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May 4, 2017 04/05/17
Grounds and supervision duties (2010) This advice is in four parts: legal requirements, current normal practices, advice from the Executive to members, and examples of good practice operating in schools. It has been developed jointly with NZSPC and PPTA’s senior positions advisory group.

Note: Document has also been called Non-timetabled duties: Grounds and Supervision Duties and was part of a series on How to Reduce Work Overload.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Its about time (2013 handbook) Handbook to timetabling, non-contact time and class-size provisions in the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA)
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Local proposals for changes to school day (2008) Where there is a proposal to change the operational times of the school this would require a change to the school's timetable policy and this will require consultation between the teaching staff and the employer.
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January 9, 2018 09/01/18
Maximum contact time calculator (2013) The calculator will help you work out your contact time entitlements.
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November 16, 2018 16/11/18
Meaning of Consultation: About Time toolkit Appendix 5 “(1) The word ‘consultation’ does not require that there be agreement.
“(2) On the other hand it clearly requires more than mere prior notification.
“(3) If there is a proposal to make a change, and such change requires to be preceded by consultation, it must not be made until after consultation with those required to be consulted. They ‘must know...
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August 15, 2017 15/08/17
Part-time teachers non-contact: About Time toolkit Appendix 7 A Part time teacher may not be employed for more than 0.89 FTTE (22.25 hours per week); and no part time teachers can be used for more than for more than 20 contact hours.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Rest and meal breaks: Guidelines to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (2015) Guidelines from PPTA Te Wehengarua on rest and meal breaks for teachers.
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.

(restbreaks, mealbreaks)
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August 15, 2017 15/08/17
Sample timetable policy (Area School): About Time toolkit Appendix 9 A sample policy which branches and management could use as a framework for developing or adapting their school policy. ASTCA
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October 27, 2017 27/10/17
Sample timetable policy (Secondary): About Time toolkit Appendix 8 A sample policy which branches and management could use as a framework for developing or adapting their school policy. (STCA)
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Secondary School Staffing Group: About Time toolkit Appendix 2 Findings of the Secondary School Staffing Group 2012: The Secondary School Staffing Group (SSSG) found that larger and junior high schools are disadvantaged by the existing staffing formula and recommended that the delivery mechanism (formula) is reviewed in relation to larger schools and junior high schools, and that the review seeks to neutralise the disproportionate effect of the formula on these schools.
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
Secondary specialist technology teachers (‘manual’ teachers): About Time toolkit Appendix 6: The provisions of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA) also apply to PPTA members in approved manual training establishments, where the board is bound by that collective (eg this may be technology centres, or manual training centres attached to intermediate schools and some other non-secondary institutions).
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Secondary Teacher Workload Working Group Report (2017) (June 2017 released to public) The Secondary Teacher Workload Working Group (the Working Group) was established as part of the settlement for the 2015-2018 Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. It recognised the joint interest that the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (NZPPTA) and the Ministry of Education (Ministry) have in responding to issues of concern being raised in the sector around secondary teacher workload. This Report follows on from a joint NZPPTA and Ministry report on Secondary School Teacher Supply (August 2016).
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June 2, 2017 02/06/17
Some PPTA policies related to timetable policies: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 8. The ‘trained and qualified policy’ - all teachers should hold a tertiary level qualification appropriate to the position, and have completed teacher training. An extension of this is that no teacher should be required to teach a subject in which they are untrained or unqualified.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Stages of Timetabling: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 6 . The timetable should not be the responsibility of one or two teachers working in isolation. While the process of setting up an option grid and allocating learning groups and students to option lines involves technical skill, this should not prevent a range of interested parties being involved in the decisions that underpin this process.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
STCA Part 5 Hours of work: It's About Time toolkit Appendix 3 Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement (STCA) Part Five Hours of Work
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May 4, 2017 04/05/17