The Department for Education 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.

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.

Changing text size

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).

Other ways we support accessibility on our site

For people that have sight difficulties:

  • Support for changing text size

For people using screen readers:

  • ‘Skip to content’ link at the start of every page
  • All content is marked up using the correctly structured HTML
  • All images contain descriptive alt text

For people with mobility difficulties:

  • All content is accessible without the need of a mouse
  • ‘Skip to content’ link at the start of every page

For people with difficulties with words and learning:

  • We try to keep our content clear and simple.