The Department has created its website with the aim of making it accessible to the widest range of users, regardless of disability or the device they use to view it.
We have worked with the Shaw Trust to make sure our site is easily accessible, and they have awarded us ‘Shaw Trust Accessible’ web accreditation. They have helped us to make the site suitable for people with
During the site’s creation, we engaged users with a range of abilities and requirements. We want to make this an ongoing process as our site grows and evolves.
If you have any difficulty using our site or wish to give us any feedback, please contact us.
Our website complies with the Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) web content accessibility guidelines 2.0, as required under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). We are ‘double A’ compliant*.
Our site displays correctly in current browsers and by using standards compliant with HTML/CSS code, any future browsers and devices will also display it correctly.
In addition to the following instructions, please also see our help section for tips on how to find content on this site.
PC: Hold down the Ctrl and + key to increase text size. Hold down the Ctrl and – key to decrease text size.
Mac: Hold down the Command and + key to increase text size. Hold down the Command and – key to decrease text size.
The same options can be found in the browser menu: Page > Text size or View > Zoom.
If you wish to increase the text only and avoid zooming all the page elements, select View or Page > Zoom > Zoom text only (Firefox 3 and Safari 4 only).
You can switch to a black on white colour scheme by clicking on ‘Increase contrast’ under the search box in the top right of every page. Click on 'Default colours' to change back.
We have used the UK Government access keys standard on our site:
We currently host all our videos (with the exception of Teachers’ TV) on YouTube and use its media player to display them.
Not all of our content has migrated to the new Department website at this stage and therefore there are a number of websites that have not been fully assessed for accessibility. These websites include
Our long-term plan is to bring all our web content into a single accessible website.