About the Conference

We are delighted to announce the PETAA 2021 Leading with Literacy Conference: Powerful practices for all learners


After an extraordinarily challenging 2020 – from the devastating bushfire season to the COVID-19 pandemic – schools and teachers worked harder than ever to respond to the world around them and its ever-changing conditions to continue to provide a powerful literacy education to all young people across Australia.

But these circumstances have considerably impacted the teaching and learning landscape. According to the Grattan Institute, “schools, teachers, and students adapted remarkably well when the COVID-19 crisis forced them to switch almost overnight to remote learning. But most students did not learn as much while at home as they would have in their classroom – and disadvantaged students were hardest hit.”

The Institute estimates that “many disadvantaged students – those from the poorest 25 per cent of families and rural areas – will have fallen further behind their classmates… Even where remote learning was working well for advantaged students, disadvantaged students are likely to have lost a month of learning on average during the six-to-nine weeks of school closures in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, and the ACT.” 

That’s why it’s more important than ever that classroom teachers, school leaders, consultants and other educators invest in developing the skills, strategies and practices that will benefit our most vulnerable learners.

The annual PETAA conference is the only conference dedicated to primary English language and literacies. This conference will empower you to support the diversity of learners in your classroom, recognising their variety of backgrounds, cultures, experiences, identities, and abilities. 



We are combining the latest research and pedagogy in English, language and literacies instruction (the ‘why’) with classroom strategies and activities that really work (the ‘how’)


Over two days, our fantastic line-up of experts, academics and thought leaders will enable teachers to:

Learn how to develop effective strategies and practices in English and literacy for students with diverse needs
Explore how to use quality diverse children’s literature to enable students to be powerful and active global citizens
Unpack the latest pedagogical thinking that encourages inclusive literacy practices
Create a classroom environment that supports Aboriginal education and students
Develop explicit and meaningful teaching of powerful literate practices across the curriculum 

We cannot support all learners without also supporting all teachers. That’s why we’ve created a conference that will meet you where you are, and address your specific needs:

In-person and live-streamed, online conference attendance options available (with on-demand attendance available after its conclusion)
School staff teams supported to learn together by offering member schools a whole-school Conference pass that allows you to register up to 25 teachers for the price of just 6
Two distinct streams offered: one for classroom teachers, and one for school leaders

We want every teacher to feel they can join us for this urgent professional development conference, so we’re offering a range of Extra Early bird and Early bird discount options.  You can view them all here.

PETAA members are also eligible for significantly discounted rates to our Conference and have exclusive access to our whole-school online conference access pass, so we highly recommend that you try a PETAA annual membership. Not only will you be able to enjoy our Conference while being kind to your budget, but you will also receive instant access to hundreds of best practice teacher and classroom resources to further develop and evolve your teaching practice. 

If you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! The friendly PETAA team is always happy to chat through your options and your professional development needs; you can reach us on 1300 307 382.

See you at the conference!