School-based Professional Learning

Supporting Continual Professional Growth

Upskill your school in 2020

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. Because Literacy is a core General Capability identified across the entire Australian Curriculum, our focus encompasses all literacies.

We support the CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL GROWTH of Australian teachers and schools with the following:


PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution from graduating to leading others. We offer different modes of delivery — face-to-face, online, self-directed, conferences, and intensives — to suit different learning styles and to accommodate busy school demands Professional Learning can be tailored to address specific school needs and PETAA will liaise with member schools to find the resources, direction and expert support to help you achieve your learning goals.


Our quality publications and online resources are relevant, evidence-based and accessible knowledge packages developed specifically for professional reading and planning. Our authors are acquired for their high academic credentials and practical communication abilities. Through our books, papers and interactive units of study, PETAA offers both theoretical, researched background on best practice teaching — and the practical, classroom tested approach for applying those theories every day.


PETAA contributes significantly to the growth of evidence based knowledge about English and literacy teaching and learning through our publications and the PETAA Research Grant, with our members’ GROWTH as our end-goal. PETAA membership offers something invaluable: being part of a community of like-minded professionals, and giving you the resources to build a professional knowledge network in your school. You can feel confident that you’re part of a space where professional excellence, proven teaching strategies, and vital reflection on practice is built into everything we do.

Introducing 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 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 icon in pinkSpecial Delivery: Writer

Special Delivery: Writer will become available during 2019. Schools can order this package which will involve selected PETAA books and discussion papers sent to your school, and a children's writer committed to working for three days in collaboration with your staff and students.

This school-writer 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 writer 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 writers 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.

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

This program has the potential to bring tailored professional learning as well as motivation, excitement and so much more to our schools. You get to plan and work with the writer about what you need. 

To express your interest in Special Delivery: Writer email [email protected]

For more information download the Special Delivery: Writer Flyer (.pdf 62 KB)

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Special Delivery badge in greenSpecial 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 icon: OrangeSpecial 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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Image of Dr Kaye Lowe with book cover: For the Love of ReadingSpecial Delivery Online: Supporting struggling readers

This package is available to develop staff knowledge and engage teachers in meaningful discussion to create a vibrant learning community within the school. The course addresses 1.5.2, 2.5.2 3.1.2 and 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and is an ideal way for a whole staff to engage in targeted, teacher identified Professional Learning.

The school will be provided with links to access a filmed version of Dr Kaye Lowe's presentation: Supporting Struggling Readers and Organising the Literacy Block, over 20 weeks, and with five copies of the PETAA book For The Love of Reading by Dr Kaye Lowe.

Divided into 10 video modules with reflection and discussion questions, the structure of this Professional Learning is self- paced and ideal for school staff meetings.

Cost: $2000 for whole school access for 20 weeks.

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Other approaches to designing a program for your school

In consultation with your school, PETAA will design and offer a program:

  • to suit the needs and priorities of your school
  • as an ongoing series of school-based workshops
  • for a community of schools
  • at open sessions (3-hour to full-day) at various venues.

Finding a Professional Learning presenter through PETAA

PETAA’s access to a wide range of highly experienced professional learning presenters means that we can align your professional learning needs with the best provider available.

Go to the Authors and presenters profiles page to meet some of the leading academics and education consultants who work closely with PETAA to deliver high-quality publications and professional learning.

For more information Phone 1300 307 382 or email [email protected] to find out how we can assist in planning, designing and supporting your 2018 professional learning program. As well as courses listed below, a range of new courses will become available during 2018 in traditional face-to-face and new online and blended formats.

PETAA courses in previous years

Language, Literature and Literacy

  • Talking about books in Literature Circles
  • Teaching as inquiry: Improving reading achievement
  • Building life long readers: Putting pleasure back into reading
  • Guided reading: Quality literature or levelled texts?
  • Guided reading as a strategy to target comprehension
  • Enhancing literacy through quality literature and drama
  • Outdoor learning: Developing literacy through nature and story play
  • Approaches for developing reading fluency 3–7
  • English for Global Citizenship: Engagement with Asia
  • Supporting struggling readers in upper primary classes
  • Supporting struggling readers and organising the literacy block
  • Becoming a classroom researcher
  • Using action research to improve literacy outcomes
  • Linking the teaching of literature to language and literacy
  • Where do I start? Literacy teaching for beginning teachers
  • Language, Literature and Literacy in Kindergarten
  • Literature and its links to the Australian Curriculum
  • The Literacy Block
  • Teaching and assessing literacy across the curriculum


  • Grammar and Teaching: a twelve week after-school course
  • Grammar and Meaning unpacked
  • Grammar with rich literature
  • Language in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts


  • The explicit teaching of writing F–6
  • Reading Writing Prompts: Making the most out of picture prompts for composing narrative
  • Teaching as inquiry: Improving students' writing achievement
  • Teaching knowledge for the art and craft of writing (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Using modelled texts to develop writing
  • Creating curious, confident writers
  • Multimodal texts as springboards for teaching narrative writing
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  • Catering for my EAL/D students in mainstream classes
  • Supporting EAL students in reading and writing


  • Explicit teaching strategies for reading comprehension
  • Strategies for developing inferential comprehension proficiency
  • Teaching comprehension
  • Guided reading as a strategy to target children’s comprehension


  • Teaching and learning vocabulary in context
  • Building vocabulary F–6
  • The dialogic turn: Changing classroom talk and interactive practices for productive literacy learning


  • Teaching spelling K–2
  • Contemporary perspectives on learning and instruction in spelling

Visual Literacy

  • Viewing in the Australian Curriculum: Still images
  • Viewing in The Australian Curriculum: Moving images
  • Reading the visuals: teaching the visual literacy component of the NSW syllabus: English
  • Now I See it: Picture books: A key to unlock the Australian curriculum
  • The Power of Picture Books: words and pictures together
  • Critical Visual Literacy
  • Multimodal texts as springboards for teaching narrative writing


  • A River of Poetry: Engaging with, responding to and creating poetry
  • Making poetry a pleasure

PETAA Professional Learning Testimonials

  • Great 'hands on' workshop with very useful strategies
  • Thanks for the added confidence in my teaching
  • One of the most useful professional development opportunities I have participated in, in a long time
  • The workshop was highly professional both in its content and presentation
  • This professional development was fantastic and very helpful on a tough topic
  • I feel much better equipped to work with my students
  • Another great opportunity to refine and extend my understandings.