Accessibility is about making our online information available to as many people as possible, whatever their needs.
New regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. This means that all our council websites must meet accessibility standards and have an accessibility statement by:
- 23 September 2019 for new websites
- 23 September 2020 for existing websites
- 23 June 2021 for apps
We aim for our website to meet the World Wide Web Consortium Accessibility Guideline (version 2.1) 'Double-A' standard. This is the recommended minimum standard for council websites.
Our site has been designed with accessibility in mind. We also have guidelines to make sure the majority of our content meets this standard.
We are aware that some areas of our website don't meet the standards that we aim for. These include:
- applications and third party systems linked from our webpages
- some PDF, Word and PowerPoint documents that aren't fully accessible to screen reader software
- documents are best viewed in a browser as they may be difficult to read with assistive technology if downloaded.
- a few videos that may rely on autogenerated captions and may not be completely accurate
We are constantly trying to improve accessibility across SchoolsNet. We monitor our website and make improvements wherever possible. This includes carrying out automatic and manual tests.
You can find out more about WAI and the guidelines we follow to try to achieve the "Double-A" rating by visiting the WAI website.
If you have any comments about how we can make our website more accessible please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org