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 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.