Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to content published on the my.teachfirst.org.uk domain. It does not apply to content on other teachfirst.org.uk subdomains.

This website is run by Teach First. In 2021, we introduced extensive improvements to the My Teach First website to be accessible with common assistive technologies and different ways of using websites, meaning that the following accessibility features are now available:

  • Interactive elements are functional with a variety of input methods including mouse, keyboard, touch, and voice

  • Interactive elements receive keyboard focus that contrasts sufficiently with the background

  • Form elements have proper input assistance, including labels and instructions, as well as error identification and suggestion

  • Link text identifies the purpose of the link without needing additional context

  • Structural and navigational aids have been incorporated, such as headings, landmarks, and "skip navigation" links

  • Images and other non-text elements have alternative text associated with them

  • Zoom in up to 300% is functional without problem

We do not use accessibility overlay widgets and do not provide built-in accessibility tools as we believe it is more important to support everyone’s personal device settings and assistive technologies.

AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way provides step-by-step guide to individual adjustments you can make to your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone to make it easier to use

 

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you need information on this platform in a different format. In your message, please include:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • the format you need - for example, plain text, braille, BSL, large print or audio CD

 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We welcome and value your feedback on using Teach First websites. If you have experienced any accessibility or usability challenges, please let us know by emailing digitalteam@teachfirst.org.uk. Your feedback will help us improve Teach First platforms for all users.

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Teach First is committed to making its online platforms accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

 

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

 

Non-accessible content

Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure the accessibility of our site, there are some known limitations. These are documented below, along with suggested work arounds.

The following are some potential problems that we are working to improve:

 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some downloadable PDFs and non-HTML documents may not be fully accessible in a number of ways including insufficient colour contrast (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum), missing text alternatives (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1: Non-text content) and missing document structure (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1: Info and relationships).

We are continually upskilling our teams involved in document creation to ensure that accessibility standards are met. When we create or update documents, we’ll make sure they meet accessibility standards.

On touch screen devices, some elements’ target sizes might not be large enough to easily activate them (WCAG 2.1. success criterion 2.5.5: Target Size). We’re planning to address this issue as a platform redesign in August 2022.

 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Teach First is not responsible for the content of external websites that we reference and any accessibility issues that may be present on those websites.

 

How we tested this website

We used the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level A and level AA to test how accessible My Teach First is.

We conducted full page-by-page audit using Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM).

The test was carried out by Teach First.

 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Teach First is committed to the continual improvement of the accessibility of our websites. We achieve this by doing the following:

  • Keeping up with the latest best practices and evolving standards
  • Performing regular accessibility and usability audits
  • Carrying out usability testing that includes users with disabilities and incorporating their feedback to improve the accessibility of our services

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in October 2021 and will be reviewed annually.