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.
PETAA has a range of professional membership options. Read more about becoming a PETAA member
PETAA is one of the largest associations for primary educators in Australia. We are proud to include over 3500 schools across Australia in our membership. Working with a network of leading academics, educational and literacy consultants, and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA supports primary school educators with:
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 nearly 50 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.
PETAA has a prestigious group of Life Members, who you can read more about here.