Updated 26 September 2022
Using this website
This website is run by the Welsh Government. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- 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
- extend timeout sessions when logged-in
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
This website’s accessibility
We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
- not all pages allow you to skip to the main content when using a screen reader
- some images used within the site contain text
- some graphical components do not meet minimum contrast requirements
- some page elements are not labelled correctly
- some content is in pdf format and isn’t fully accessible to screen reader software
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
Email AcademiWales@gov.wales if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille. Please tell us the format you need. If you use assistive technology please tell us what this is.
Reporting accessibility issues with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact AcademiWales@gov.wales.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The Welsh Government is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:
- where it fails the success criteria
- planned dates for when issues will be fixed
Not all page elements are descriptive. This fails WCAG 2.4.6. Some graphical components do not meet minimum contrast requirements of 3:1. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.1 A success criterion (Use of Color). Link text does not always inform users of a change of context. There is no skip link or main content heading on some pages. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.1.
Some content is visually presented as a heading, but there is no heading mark-up. This fails WCAG 2.1. 2.4.6. Some buttons are missing a text alternative. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.4. Some pages use non-standard attributes that may cause some browsers to read the page incorrectly, or not as intended. This fails WCGAG 2.1. 4.1.1. Work to address this is ongoing.
Accessibility of Resources
Resources and information content on this platform are created by a wide range of contributors. We recommend that all contributors carry out accessibility testing on their content before it is uploaded to our website. If you identify any content that does not meet accessibility requirements please tell us and we will inform the content creator.
By promoting the need for content to meet accessibility standards we aim for all new content to meet accessibility requirements.
Many older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader. These documents are for information and are not essential to providing our services.
The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested in June 2019. The test was carried out by DigInclusion.
We tested a combination our logged-in and logged-out applications and our CMS content. We tested:
- our main website platform, available at https://academiwales.gov.wales/
What we are doing to improve accessibility
August 2022 to March 2023
We are committed to improving the accessibility of the Academi Wales Digital Learning platform.
Significant version updates to the applications that contain some accessibility testing failures are currently in development. The updated applications will be iteratively released between August 2022 and March 2023.
Over the next 8 months we will be working to implement accessibility improvements across the following applications:
As part of this work, we will be addressing the following areas:
- not all page elements are descriptive. This fails WCAG 2.4.6
- link text does not always inform users of a change of context. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.4
- headings on some pages are not in a logical order
- some pages use non-standard attributes that may cause some browsers to read the page incorrectly, or not as intended
This statement was prepared on 1st September 2022.