Accessibility statement

This website is run by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet (opens in a new window or tab) has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • most document attachments are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some training webinars do not have captions
  • some of the user-generated content in the discussion forum may not be accessible, as we do not have control over what users post

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

Contact us if you:

  • need information on this website in a different format, like accessible PDF or large print
  • find any accessibility problems or want to bring any accessibility issues to our attention

We’ll aim to get back to you within 5 working days:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) (opens in a new window or tab).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is in ‘private beta’ - meaning it’s aimed at a subset of colleges and schools who have been chosen to help launch T Levels.

Over the coming years, as more colleges and schools start delivering T Levels, we will look to transition the site into ‘public beta’. As we do this, the Education and Skills Funding Agency will work to make the website fully accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Currently, this website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (opens in a new window or tab) AA standard, due to content that’s not fully accessible.

PDFs and other documents

The document attachments on this website (PDFs, Excel and Word documents, etc) contain information that is essential for the launch of T Levels. As we move out of private beta and make the website open to a wider audience, we plan to either make these accessible or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Recorded video and webinars

We do not plan to add captions to video or webinars that were added to the site before 23 September 2020, because the accessibility regulations (opens in a new window or tab) do not require us to fix pre-recorded time-based media published before that date, if they’re not essential to providing our services.

User-generated content

We cannot guarantee that all content that users post to the discussion forum will meet the WCAG AA guidelines. We will not moderate user-generated content for accessibility, but we will continuously monitor it and take appropriate action if accessibility proves to be an issue.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 30 June 2021 by the ESFA development team who built the website.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to monitor and test the website throughout private beta.

Before we move into public beta, we will arrange for external experts to run a full accessibility check of the website. Following that, we will fix all known accessibility issues.

This statement was prepared on 18 November 2020.