About PETAA

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

We are a national, not-for-profit professional association supporting primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum.

  • Jessie Ross
  • Jo Laretive
  • Robyn Henderson

PETAA has a range of professional membership options. Read more about becoming a PETAA member

What PETAA does

PETAA is one of the largest associations for primary educators in Australia. Working with a network of leading academics, educational and literacy consultants, and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA supports primary school educators with:

  • research-based, classroom-focused print and digital publications and teaching resources
  • an extensive program of professional learning courses
  • partnerships and projects that deliver quality teaching and learning programs
  • advocacy for the professional interests of members and the wider community through active representation within a number of State and Federal education forums.
  • research — PETAA is actively involved with ongoing research that supports its professional work with teachers and educators. This includes the development of an independent, competitive research grant to further support the professional interests of members and the wider research community.

History

The Primary English Teaching Association (PETA) was formed in 1972 by a group of dedicated English teachers to promote literacy and English teaching in primary schools. The Association grew rapidly and was incorporated in 1982 as the Primary English Teaching Association, retaining this company name ever since.

In its 40 years, the association hasn’t changed its professional support for the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum, but it has sometimes changed the way it looks. PETA was known as e:lit from 2008-2011. In 2011, the change to the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) was a reflection of its standing as a national association while connecting its past to its future.

For a richly explained overview of PETAA in video format, explore our video essay series Project 40

Get a further overview of why we do what we do from the PETAA Strategic Plan.

PETAA is governed by a Board of Directors, and its operations are run by a small team of staff, headed by a General Manager.