Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement relates only to early-career-framework.education.gov.uk and its sub-domains.

This website is run by the Department for Education (DfE). We want as many people as possible to be able to use the site. 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
  • navigate the website using screed reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

The majority of content on this website has been provided by third party suppliers, however, the homepage and site structure has been designed to make this as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

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

  • some videos do not contain subtitles, however, a script is provided as an alternative in most cases
  • the YouTube video player has accessibility issues with contrast and tooltips

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

You can download the majority of the content as a PDF directly from the website, however, some features such as quizzes will not be accessible in this format.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are looking to improve the accessibility of this website for 2021. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us by doing the following:

  1. Contact ecf.delivery@education.gov.uk or submit a query through the contacts section of our website.
  2. Add the web address (URL) of the page the content is on, or choose the whole site.
  3. Let us know your issue.

If you request a response, we’ll aim to reply within 10 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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

As a Government organisation, DfE is committed to the same guidelines set out by the Government Digital Service (GDS), and 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.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some video captions are auto-generated and are not always accurate and a script alternative is not always provided for videos. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.2.2 (captions (prerecorded)). We’ll fix this issue by the end of September 2020.

The video controls do not have enough contrast. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.4.11 (non-text contrast). This is an issue with the YouTube video player and not within the control of DfE. We will continue to look for a more compliant player.

Some video controls have a tooltip which does not stay open when moving the cursor to them. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.4.13 (content on hover or focus). This is an issue with the YouTube video player and not within the control of GDS. We will continue to look for a more compliant player.

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

Some content is in PDF format, they may not be structured to be fully accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2.

We plan to either remove these or replace them with accessible HTML pages by September 2021.

This statement was prepared on 3rd September 2020.