Submitting your portfolio

You have 19 weeks to compile and submit your portfolio presenting key aspects of your classroom and professional practice. Your portfolio will be assessed by a panel of independent experts. You need to complete the Portfolio form and submit it with your supporting evidence.

Timeline for the 2018 process to be recognised as an Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher

6 August 2018 Portfolio submissions close
11 October 2018 Teachers notified of the outcome of their portfolio
28 January 2019 First allowance payment

ACET portfolio submissions are closed for 2018.

Completing your portfolio

Your portfolio must be submitted to TeachNZ by post or courier and be postmarked on or before the closing date. Make sure your portfolio is:

  • certified by your principal as an accurate representation of your classroom and professional practice
  • contains a recommendation from your principal
  • signed by you as the teacher seeking ACET recognition.

If you have been invited to submit a portfolio, it needs show the ways that your teaching practice satisfies the following professional criteria:

  1. Your teaching practice must be demonstrably higher than the Experienced Teacher Professional Standards.
  2. You must explicitly demonstrate positive outcomes for all learners, and specifically about how you meet the needs of students identified as priority learners in government policy.
  3. You must also demonstrate:
    • Exemplary use of evidence and research to inform practice
    • Exemplary engagement with families/whānau in improving outcomes for their children
    • Leadership in developing practice among your peers
    • Exemplary ongoing professional learning and development.

Requirements for submitting evidence

  • Evidence must be current (within the last three years) and should include planning through to outcomes.
  • Evidence should follow the inquiry cycle central to the New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
  • Use data explicitly showing positive outcomes (social, cultural and academic) for all learners, with specific information about meeting the needs of priority learners.
  • Data showing learner outcomes should show progress over time.
  • You can only submit any piece of evidence once, so consider which section it fits in best.
  • Ensure that references are dated and signed and other correspondence is presented in original form.
  • Provide explanations for, and links to, criteria for photos, videos and other pictorial data.
  • Reference readings or articles that indicate the impacts they had on your practice, but don’t include copies of the readings or articles.
  • If you are resubmitting a portfolio, please ensure that all sections are included, even those that have previously met the criteria, and that evidence is no more than three years old.

Keep your portfolio clear and succinct. The evaluation panel should be able to read it within 60 minutes.

Use the Portfolio Guide for Teachers and the ACET Professional Framework to help you complete each section of your portfolio.

Tools to help prepare your portfolio

Use these resources to help you prepare your portfolio:

Effective Pedagogy: Teaching as Inquiry (New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa)

Best Evidence Synthesis and cases

Best Evidence Synthesis findings (BES A3) and exemplars 

Managing professional learning and development in primary schools (ERO, 2009)

Sending your portfolio

Your completed portfolio must be sent by post or courier and be postmarked no later than 6 August 2018.

Return by post to:                                          Return by courier to:

ACET Recognition                                            ACET Recognition
Ministry of Education                                       Mātauranga House     
PO Box 1666                                                  Level 5, 33 Bowen Street
Wellington 6140                                             Wellington 6011


The ACET recognition team will email you when they have received your portfolio.

Contacting TeachNZ

If you have any questions or need to contact the ACET recognition team at TeachNZ, phone 0800 165 225, or email

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