Accessibility features

This website has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. Features employed in this website to make information more accessible are:

  • The pages on this website are all printer-friendly
  • This website uses CSS for visual layout. For optimal viewing, it is recommended that you use a browser with CSS2 support. If your browser or browsing device does not support style-sheets, the content of each page will still be readable.
  • All text uses relative font sizes so text can be enlarged or reduced using the text size options available in visual browsers.
  • All informational images contain an ALT tag and decorative images are either relegated to the CSS document or have a null ALT attribute.

Conformance to industry standards

Standards compliance is an integral part of creating functional and accessible websites. As a result, the pages on this website adhere to the following standards:

  • This website follows complies as far possible with the recognised Web content Accessibility standards set by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and CAST.
  • We aspire to ensure that all pages are level A compliant which means that no users should find it impossible to access their content, and the majority of check points meet level AA.

Downloading files

You may need to use plug-in applications in order to access or download some files on this website. Here is a list of applications and links to free downloads.

  • Documents followed with [PDF] are in PDF (Portable Document Format). Before you can read them you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.
  • Documents followed with [Word] are in DOC format (Microsoft Word) and can be opened with Microsoft WORD viewer.
  • Documents followed with [PPT] are in PPT (Microsoft PowerPoint) and can be opened with Microsoft PowerPoint viewer.
  • Email addresses will open in your email client.


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 accessibility requirements, contact:

When contacting us, please provide: 

  • Page URL (web page address)
  • Issue encountered (and if on mobile or desktop)
  • Any particular software or assistive technology being used (for example browser, screen reader)

We will aim to respond as quickly as possible and, if applicable, add a fix to our website bug fix schedule.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA)
Disability Discrimination Act