School-based Professional Learning

PL session in school libraryPETAA’s purpose is to build the knowledge, capacity and resources of your school to create confident, skilled, best-practice educators in the area of language, literature, and literacy: the three interrelated strands of the Australian Curriculum: English.

We offer WORKSHOPS and COURSES in various forms, on a wide variety of topics in different locations.

Members of your school team can attend a PETAA after-school workshop, sign up for a full- day or one of our longer courses, attend one of our Learning Intensives or conferences, or participate in our online learning program.

We also organise TAILORED WORKSHOPS and COURSES in YOUR SCHOOL:

  • to suit the needs and priorities of your teachers and students
  • as an ongoing series of school-based workshops
  • for a community of schools.
PETAA experts cover a wide range of topics on all aspects of Language, Literacy and Literature. Email us at PETAA to find out more or phone 1300 387 382 (within Australia).

PETAA Special Delivery

PETAA Special Delivery boxA new way to develop a learning community in your school

Special Delivery is a specialist and expertly curated package of face to face Professional Learning plus PETAA professional quality resources that have been selected for schools or groups of teachers working as a learning hub.

It is not a ‘kit’, ‘program’ or ‘quick fix’. Rather, this resource package provides the framework for primary school executives and leaders to develop a focussed learning community within their school.

PETAA Special Delivery assists Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Leaders, Literacy Specialists and Learning Support teachers to create a tailored professional learning course that will support teachers to improve outcomes for their students in all aspects of English: Language, Literature and Literacy.

Special delivery: Writing

PETAA Special Delivery: Writing

Each PETAA Special Delivery: Writing contains: 6 hours of face-to-face PL on Writing K-6, addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This may be one full day or two after school sessions, depending on school location and presenter availability. Online delivery can be negotiated for remote schools. Recommended readings and references that can be used to engage colleagues in discussion at different levels: classroom, stage and whole staff. The resources can assist in developing a tailored PL program based on school need. Support materials, including eight PETAA books and six PETAA papers.

Cost: Member Schools: $2,500 | Non-member schools: $3,000

Phone 1300 307 382 now to arrange delivery and book a date for your Professional Learning experience.

For more information download the Special Delivery: Writing (.pdf 82 kB) flyer.

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Special Delivery: Author

Special Delivery: Author

This school-author collaboration will involve a half day of discussing school needs and planning before the visit, two days working in your school and a half day to follow up, mentor, liaise with you on the impact of this experience. The author is in a unique position to be able to demonstrate and share how real writers write. The two days on site could involve working with children and/or teachers. 

PETAA will liaise with schools and authors to match requirements as much as possible and find suitable dates that work for both parties. PETAA will cover costs of travel and accommodation if needed and send resources to the school to arrive before each author's visit.

Phone1300 307 382 now to arrange delivery and book a date for your Professional Learning experience.

Cost: Member Schools: $5,000 | Non-member schools: $5,500

For more information download the Special Delivery: Author flyer (.pdf 62 KB)

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Special Delivery: Talk

Special Delivery: Talk

Each PETAA Special Delivery: Talk contains 6 hours of Professional Learning addressing 3.5.2, 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers . This may be one full day or two after school sessions depending upon school location and presenter availability. It will look specifically the ways in which changed classroom exchanges contribute to student's meaning making in literacy lessons. Recommended readings and references that can be used to engage colleagues in discussion at different levels: classroom, stage and whole staff. The resources can assist in developing a tailored PL program based on school need. Resource materials include 7 books and 5 discussion papers.

Cost: Member schools: $2,500  | Non-member schools: $3,000

Phone1300 307 382 now to arrange delivery and book a date for your Professional Learning experience.

For more information download the Special Delivery: Talk (.pdf 73 kB) flyer.

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Special Delivery Online: whole school, learning together

PETAA online courses are able to be completed by all of your teachers, to develop your staff knowledge and engage teachers in meaningful discussion. Create a vibrant learning community within your school.

  • Choose one of the available online workshops
  • Your school will be provided with links to access course materials for 20 weeks as well as receiving five copies of any associated text.
  • Divided into video modules with reflection and discussion questions, the structure of this Professional Learning is self- paced and ideal for school staff meetings.

Supporting Struggling Readers and Organising the Literacy Block with Dr Kaye Lowe

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (from within Australia)

Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing with Dr Rod Campbell

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (from within Australia)

Teaching Grammar with Rich Literature with Jennifer Asha

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (from within Australia)

Special Delivery Online Cost: $2000 for whole school access for 20 weeks. See our online courses page for video previews.

Hosting a PETAA PL course — becoming a PETAA venue

PETAA is always on the look out for schools or institutions to host PETAA professional learning courses. Courses are run all over Australia featuring a range of presenters and topics.

Hosting a course at your school allows you to send five staff members to the course at absolutely no cost.

Download information about Becoming a PETAA Venue (.pdf 154 kB) | Download our Host Guidelines (.pdf 201 kB)