EPC

We support, develop and register educators in performance and communication in New Zealand. 

EPC

Educators in Performance and Communication

EPC (pronounced "Epic") is a professional body set up to support, develop and register educators in performance and communication in New Zealand. 

No matter what syllabus you teach – Speech New Zealand, Trinity College, NCEA – you can join our community. Approved Teachers receive basic technical support, discounts to our many workshops, regular newsletters, shared resources and the platform to connect with other likeminded individuals. 

Why Join EPC?

Pillars of
our house

Ahurutanga

  • Respect

  • integrity

  • supporting one another

Kaitiakitanga

  • Fostering passion

  • enriching growing, breathing & listening

  • showing compassion

  • empowering positive collaboration

Whanaungatanga

  • Building community

  • The power of connection

Kotahitanga

  • Reciprocity

  • inclusivity

  • sharing

  • professional

EPC Member Workshops

EPC regularly host workshops for members and non-members throughout the year. Invited speakers and workshop hosts vary from award-winning authors, playwrights, vocal coaches, poets, theatre producers, film directors, illustrators and more. 

Next up...

Keep Speaking Up

Joseph Boon has the neurodegenerative condition Friedrichs Ataxia and, after having done Speech and Drama throughout his youth, he shares the challenges progressive disability has on communication, how speech therapy can help and the role adaptive technology can play in strengthening and maintaining communication.

Held entirely online, this hour long discussion is open for teachers, educators, speech therapists and performers across Aotearoa New Zealand.

We Are

Encouraging
the community

With a vision to grow the sector and build strong bicultural relationships between all those involved, EPC is managed by a volunteer committee who work to give support and encourage the community of performance and communication educators throughout the country.

As a professional body, there are three levels by which educators can be connected with EPC. 

We Are

Encouraging
the community

With a vision to grow the sector and build strong bicultural relationships between all those involved, EPC is managed by a volunteer committee who work to give support and encourage the community of performance and communication educators throughout the country.

As a professional body, there are three levels by which educators can be connected with EPC. 

Purpose

EPC Committee

Committee Code of Practice

The purpose of the Committee for Educators in Performance and Communication is to:

  • Guide professional educators to become the best they can

  • Support professional educators in that journey

  • Support professional educators in applications for LAT, job applications, community work.

  • Establish transparent professional protocols for our learners

  • Provide clear health and safety/professional boundary expectations to professional educators: for example - respect, maintaining professional boundaries, inclusive environment; being aware of our own (often unspoken/assumed) values/beliefs.

  • Provide guidance in sound business practices.

These are the values for ethical behaviour that underpin our practice as educators.

Code of Ethics

The EPC is guided by the vision and values of Speech NZ:

The Vision of Speech NZ

Our vision is to develop confident, articulate New Zealand voices through relevant, future focused strategies that will empower and strengthen communities.

The Values of Speech NZ

Speech New Zealand works with dedication to be informed and guided by:

Partnership – as New Zealanders, we value relationships that encourage and respect diversity in all forms.

Credibility – as educators, we strive to deliver the best outcomes for all our stakeholders.

Empowerment – as an organisation, we are committed to supporting the growth and development of all our stakeholders.

When applying to become an Approved Educator, individuals agree to accept and abide by the following code of practice: 

  1. Act with integrity by using means that are fair, ethical, and just.

  2. Maintain cultural awareness and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural partnerships in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  3. Work to empower learners by using quality teaching and leadership strategies.

  4. Actively support and encourage professional colleagues in the industry.

  5. Engage in positive and collaborative relationships with learners, their families and the wider community.

  6. Create a welcoming, caring and creative learning environment that treats everyone with dignity and respect.

  7. Run financial affairs with integrity in a professional manner consistent with the business community.

  8. Undertake annual professional development and/or attend relevant workshops and training programmes to extend your profile in the community

  9. Possess an LSB of Speech New Zealand or LTCL of Trinity College, or some other such qualification as the Committee may determine (e.g. a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre, English Literature etc) together with not less than two years adequate practical teaching experience. 

Contact EPC

www.epc.org.nz 

info@epc.org.nz

PO Box 12023, Wellington 6144