Accessibility statement for Teaching Vacancies

Teaching Vacancies is run by the Department for Education. We want as many people as possible to be able to use the service. For example, that means users 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 service using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the service using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the content on Teaching Vacancies using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the text on the service as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible Teaching Vacancies is

Teaching Vacancies is fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version (WCAG) 2.1. We are constantly improving the service and run accessibility audits during each new phase of development. We last did an accessibility audit in May 2019.

Reporting accessibility problems with Teaching Vacancies

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this service. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email with 'Accessibility issues' in the subject line of the email.

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).

What to do if you need support using Teaching Vacancies

Email if you need support searching for a job, accessing a PDF or using another part of the Teaching Vacancies service.

Contact the school for support finding out about, or applying or, a particular job.

Technical information about Teaching Vacancies' accessibility

The Department for Education is committed to making its digital services accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is at present compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.

Non-accessible content

A number of issues related to the accessibility of Teaching Vacancies were raised in an accessibility audit conducted in May 2019. All of the issues that fall within the scope of accessibility regulations have been corrected.

The following accessibility issue has been identified but does not fall within the scope of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines for the reason stated.

Issue: The colour used to indicate when an element such as a radio button has received focus does not meet the expected ratio. However, this is a Government Digital Service (GDS) Design System issue, so is not within our scope to correct. Note that a subtle movement effect also helps convey the focus state of a button, for example, so colour contrast is not the only tactic we use for improving distinguishability.

Criterion failed: 1.4.11 Distinguishable: Non-text contrast

Documents uploaded by schools, such as a job description or person specification, may not be fully accessible. These types of content are exempt from accessibility regulations, but we are currently working to make this area of the service more accessible. For example, we are making it easier for jobseekers to request these documents in an accessible format.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 28 May 2019. The test was carried out by the Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC).

DAC tested various combinations of the following for both desktop and mobile/tablet users:

  • assistive technologies (for example, screen magnifiers, screen readers and speech recognition tools)
  • different browsers (IE11, Firefox, Safari, Chrome)
  • accessibility user groups (for example, people with visual impairments, dyslexia, mobility impairments and learning disabilities)

DAC tested:

This statement was prepared on 12 September 2019. It was last updated on Thursday 12th February 2021.