Years ago we created a theme for WordPress called the e-Portfolio.  We had lots of emails about how on earth you could host it without knowing how to set up your own WordPress instance.  So we’ve created something new….   Introducing



Blogging as an e-Portfolio

What is an e-Portfolio?

When asked to evidence your skills against the National Professional Standards, you might have, in the past, prepared a portfolio of evidence. This would have been paper based and might have contained images, reports, lesson observations, example lesson plans and other evidence that would demonstrate the level of capability you have against a given criteria. An e-Portfolio is the same thing. However, instead of reams of paper, everything will be stored digitally and shared online. Anyone, with the link to your site, can see your evidence folio. You can use it to show case your best work. It’s a wonderful way to share examples of your good practice and to promote your own skills as a teacher.

What is

Edufolios is an e-portfolio set up with the AITSL standards in mind.  We’ve done all the hard work for you by creating everything you need to get started with a electronic portfolio.  All you have to do is add your content and choose which domain and focus area you can attribute it to.  You have complete control over which parts of your writing are public and private and, if you let them see it, it’s really easy for visitors to your Edufolio site to find evidence of your practice against the AITSL standards.

Your paper based evidence becomes a collection of “posts”. Each post could contain images, video evidence, text, weblinks and sound recordings and could also have documents attached (such as lesson plans, lesson observations, certifcates etc).

Your Edufolio can track your career from Graduate to Lead!

Each post can then be categorized and tagged so that people can see what evidence they hold. Categories are applied to show which Focus Area your post covers. Tags are used to show at which career stage you believe you were operating. People visiting your site will then be able to choose either a category (from the very top of the website) or a tag (from the right hand sidebar) to see a Focus Area at a particular level. It’s the perfect way to show what you have achieved to prospective employers and to keep a record of your own professional development and achievements.

We’ve designed the whole Edufolio’s site to speed things up and make life easier for you. You can see from the specifications below, that we have automated many of the tasks you might otherwise have to set up manually. That means you can spend more time reflecting on your practice instead of setting up a website.  We’ve even pre-populated links to the standards to make it easier for you to organise your evidence and content against Aitsl’s Standards using our handy mini guide.

How do I get an Edufolio? is a subscription service.  You pay for a membership and in return you get your own edufolio.  Your site’s name will be  Current subscription prices can be found on the sign up page. We also cater for schools who want their staff to have access to or service.

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What to Expect from Your Purchase

Once set up, the theme will automatically contain:

  • Professional membership level includes:
    • 250MB of local storage only. You are welcome to link / embed external images / files / videos from other providers as you need.
    • Access to how-to guides on our blog which will guide you through how to get the best from your edufolio.
    • A pre-configured site with:
      • Categories for you to use to place your evidence against a standard.  All of the standards are already identified, you just need to choose which one/ones you’re evidencing.
      • Tags for you to narrow your evidence down against your career stage and the exact focus area you are addressing. Once you break down the NPSfTs into their various Domains, Focus Areas and Career Stages there are 148 to evidence! We’ve auto-populated the tags you need to apply to your posts so you don’t need to create them yourself.
      • An easy access standards guide – so you don’t have to remember them off by heart.
      • Content page examples which will guide you through how to add content and then categorise and tag it against the National Professional Standards for Teachers. For advice on the basics of WordPress, we’d recommend you head to this page.  Our example pages will show you how to operate, with ease, within the perimeters of the theme you’ve just adopted.
      • Links to the National Professional Standards Website and an empty, ready to edit set of pages to contain information ‘About Me’ and your ‘Digital Footprint‘.  There’s also the option to link another site you might write like your class or educational blog.
      • A ‘tag cloud’ that will automatically grow on the front page so that people can access evidence by specific career stage and focus area. The more evidence you have against a ‘tag’ the bigger it will get! That’s a great way to show you (and others) how balanced your evidence base is.
      • An RSS Feed of posts and pages so that others can have any new evidence sent directly to their inbox.
      • A widget which automatically tracks how many clicks each evidence post has had and shows you which posts are proving most popular with your readers.
    • Extra features you can choose to use:
      • Content restriction features that allow you to make all, or select posts / pages, of your content private using a single password.  You can share (and update) your password with line managers / colleagues (as you need) to give them access to your private content for review.
      • Connect your Social Media Accounts such as Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Linked in. Others can then click the social media icons to the right of the navigation bar to find you connecting and engaging with your professional learning networks (7.4) or, remove them completely.
      • Link to another website or blog you are writing.
      • List the ‘Blogs You Read’ and ‘Sites You Visit’ in the footer.
      • Add your image to your profile so that people know who they’re reading about.

How do I configure these Extra Features?

Although we have done all the work for you, we know that you will want to make your edufolio your own.  As a result we’ve created menus to help you to personalise aspects of your site.  You’ll find these options in the customise menu of your site’s dashboard.

You can also add the URL to your favourite Facebook Group, your Twitter username, Google+ and Linked in Profile URLs and the site does the rest for you!

If you’d rather not engage in these professional learning networks then all you have to do is empty the fields in the form and leave them blank.  All automated links and settings will be removed from your e-Portfolio.  As a result, no Twitter feed will display in your sidebar, and the social media links will disappear from the navigation bar. The only exception to this is the RSS feed. This is a feature of WordPress that there is no option to remove.


This application is written and maintained by Edufolios. If you find any errors please report them to us to ensure the application is it’s best.

Further help:

To help you get the most out of your Edufolio we have created a whole channel of how-to videos at our Vimeo channel. 


  • Configuration Changes
    • Permalink structure to Day and name structure
    • Blog name to “<Your Name>”
    •  Blog Description to “My teaching portfolio for AISTL’s NPSfT”
    • “Blog pages show at most” or “posts per page” (i.e. pagination) to 5
    • “Syndication feeds show the most recent” or “posts per rss” to 5
    • Thumbnail media dimensions to 198px (W) by 164px (H)
    • Site’s front page
    • Prompts for plugins required by the theme.
    • Comments turned off automatically for posts older than 60 days
  • Content Changes
    • Default Categories & Tags
    • Default Pages & Example Posts (incl. Categories and Tags)
    • Default Menu Structures & Links
    • Default Widgets for the dynamic Sidebar

Theme Options:

  • Profile Image – A picture or photo which appears on the left of the header throughout the site.

Social Networks: Each of the following links can be configured and shown on the site’s navigation bar as icons:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook (for Groups)
  • Twitter
  • Google+
There are currently no known issues with this theme.
The following versions of this theme have been released:
  • v1.0.0 – Initial release of the theme on 01/10/2012.
  • V1.1.o – Second Release. Updated to work with newer versions of WordPress and to fix issues with Twitter feed. Released on 10/02/2015
  • We have now moved to a fully automated set up service at