Accessibility statement for Explore education statistics

This website is run by the Department for Education (DfE). 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’ve 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:

  • some buttons have the same titles, but different actions
  • some buttons, links, and headings are not descriptive enough
  • some tables are missing title captions

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

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

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, contact us:

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

The Department for Education (DfE) 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. We will address these issues during our public beta phase to ensure our content is accessible.

  1. The table tool has multiple buttons with the same title. This means a screen reader user is unable to differentiate between these buttons out of context to make an informed selection. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (understanding headings and labels).
  2. Some publication pages have multiple help buttons with the same title. This means it is difficult for screen reader users to distinguish out of context what the headings are relating to. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (understanding headings and labels).
  3. Some publication pages have tables that are missing a summary or caption. This means assistive technology users will find it difficult to determine a table’s contents without traversing it. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27 September 2022 against Accessibility Guidelines WCAG2.1.

The test was carried out by the Digital accessibility centre (DAC).

DAC tested a sample of pages to cover the core functionality of the service including:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to continually test the service for accessibility issues, and create a prioritised list of issues to resolve.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 4 December 2019. It was last reviewed on 13 June 2023.