This website is compliant with the UK Disabilities Discriminations Act, where from 1st October 1999 "a service provider has to take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its services (including websites)"
Using Access Keys
This website uses the UK Government access key system and the following information summarises each of the keyboard shortcut commands available to you.
Older: Control + key
Shift + Esc opens a contents list which are accessible by accesskey.
Then you can choose an item by pressing key
Internet Browser Accessibility
Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:
Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold Ctrl/Command and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.
Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the SHIFT key and then pressing tab will take you to the previous item.
Caret Navigation (Internet Explorer and Firefox only)
Instead of using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard: Home, End, Page Up, Page Down & the arrow keys.
This feature is named after the caret, or cursor, that appears when you edit a document.
To turn this feature on, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard and choose whether to enable the caret on the tab you are viewing or all your tabs.
Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.
Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. Options can be found in your browser's settings/preferences.
We have provided a number of keyboard shortcuts to help users who have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse.
Our access keys are as follows:
- m - Open/Close Menu
- 1 - Home
- 2 - About Us
- 3 - Learn & Grow
- 4 - What's New
- 5 - Help
- 6 - Parental Portal
- 7 - Gallery
- 8 - Contact Us
- 9 - Careers
- (hyphen) - Sitemap
This website is designed to be compatible with recent versions of the following screen readers:
The site is also designed to be compatible with:
- Basic operating system screen magnifiers, such as ZoomText magnifier
- Speech recognition software, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Operating system speech packages