What should I include in my Proficient Teacher Evidence Portfolio?

Updated: Jul 12

Written in partnership with James Robinson


Proficient teacher accreditation is a process all teachers need to go through to teach and remain teaching in Australia. It is easy to question why we have another hoop to jump through. But teacher accreditation is another way to govern and maintain high teaching and learning standards, and no teacher could argue with that.

Every teacher in Australia needs to be accredited and maintain that accreditation throughout their teaching career.

Each state has slightly different requirements, one of which is an Evidence Portfolio. This portfolio is a way to prove that you are meeting the teaching standards expected of you as a professional.


So, what can you include in your Evidence portfolio? We have compiled a list of easy to find examples to help you (we have organised them in standards to make it super easy for you):

1.1 Know the students and how they learn

•Name charts

•Goal sheets

•Report comments

•IAPs / IEPs

•Running records

•Clinical Interviews

•Parent surveys

1.2 Know the content and how to teach it

•Pacing guides

•Pre Assessments

•Formative assessments

•Exit tickets

•Programs & Google slides


•Evaluations of programs

•Student grouping and differentiation

•Day plans

1.3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

•Examples of program styles

•Teacher Diary/day plans

•Parent surveys

•Inquiry centres

•Literacy centres

•Hands on learning

•Social play rotations

•Gifted Education Philosophies (eg: Williams, KAPLAN, Blooms, SOLO, De Bono)

•Early Years Learning Framework

•Authentic Learning & Authentic Assessment

•Learning intentions, success criteria

•Scope and Sequence

•Integration with other KLAs


1.4 Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Class rules

Risk assessments

Voice level display

Wow work

Call and response wall posters

Traffic lights

Photos of sit spots/carpet dots

Class expectations

Anchor charts

Grouping with differentiation and adjustments

Positive behaviour plans


Class timetables

Student survey for how they learn

Responsible use of technology posters/rules

Class charter and student signatures

Communication logs/student diaries with messages for parents

Any visuals in the class that support learning Fire evacuation plans.

Student table/seating plans

Displays in the school, book week celebrations, notice boards.

Parent surveys

1.5 Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.

•Chronicle entries

•Written feedback to students

•Student goal tracking

•Cover sheets for assessments

•Assessment mates/data trackers

•Student report /report comments


1.6 Engage in Professional Learning

•Tickets for conferences attended

•Sign on sheets from Professional Learning

•Registration details

•Online webinars (Google and Apple Certificates)

•Professional Reading logbook

1.7 Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

•Anecdotal notes from Parent-teacher meetings.

•Phone interview notes with parents

•Interview timetables and record sheets

•Collaborative documents with comments

•Group email responses

•Notice board signs

•Curriculum notes

•Parent information sessions

•Student reporting documents

Being a teacher is a wonderful vocation. This is just another step in becoming an effective educator.

Need more help and less stress with putting together your teacher accreditation? Check out our Accreditation Guide. It includes the steps you need to take, advice, and examples of what to include in your evidence portfolio. Check it out here.


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