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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Stockton Learning and Skills Service website

This website is run by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. 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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We have 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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • When you change the size of your browser the text will not reflow in a single column.
  • Some PDF and Word documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Online forms are difficult to navigate using accessible technology such as a screen reader.
  • Some of the text is difficult to navigate using accessible technology such as screen readers. This is because headers in the text or tables are not tagged or labelled.
  • Some links do not explain their purpose and cannot be read by screen readers
  • The colour of some text does not sufficiently contrast with its background colour

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

email webmaster@stockton.gov.uk or call 01642 524581

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email webmaster@stockton.gov.uk

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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is committed to making its website 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. The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

PDFs and other documents

Some PDF and Word documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software. This fails WCAG A criterion 1.3.1

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing information about our services, for example our learner handbook. By September 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Issues with text

Some of the link text do not explain their purpose, this fails WCAG A success criterion 2.4.4). This also fails WCAG A 4.1.2 success criterion as they cannot be read by screen readers.

The colour of the text and the colour of the background are not in sufficient contrast to each other and therefore it could be hard for people with moderate visual impairments to read it This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3.

Navigation and accessing information

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option) and when you change the size of your screen the text does not reflow in a single column. This fails WCAG AA criterion 1.4.10

Some of the text is difficult to navigate using accessible technology such as screen readers. This is because headers in the text or tables are not tagged or labelled. This fails WCAG A criterion 1.3.1

Interactive tools and transactions

Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard or accessible technology such as a screen reader. This fails WCAG A criterion 1.3.1

Some of our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. We will work with our providers to make the forms as accessible as possible, however some of these applications are out of our control. Accessibility will be a factor on procuring third-party applications in the future.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are working on developing the site to add headers, labels and change link text so that it’s easier to navigate with screen readers and keyboards. We are also working to develop our forms and make our pdfs accessible. We are aiming to complete this by June 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22/12/2020. It was last reviewed on 22/12/2020.

This website was last tested on 22/12/2020.