The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This accessibility statement applies to the EWC’s website www.ewc.wales.
Using this website
This website is run by the EWC. 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
- use most of the website using a screen reader
We’ve added the ReachDeck Toolbar to our site which is accessed using the white person on a blue background icon at the top of the page.
The ReachDeck Toolbar will help you to read and translate the content on our website. Its features include:
- text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
- translation: translate content into over 100 languages
- text magnification: enlarge text and hear it read out loud
- MP3 generation: convert selected text into an MP3 audio file
- screen mask: reduce glare with a tinted mask
- web page simplifier: remove clutter from the screen, display only the main text
- picture dictionary: displays pictures related to text selected on the page
If you’ve got a disability, AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use.
Request information in a different format
If you need information on this website in a different format such as plain text, BSL, large print, easy read, or audio recording, send us an email
- the web address (URL) of the information you need
- the format you would like to receive
- which assistive technologies you use
We’ll review your request and get back to you in 15 working days.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
(a) non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
The following issues have been resolved where possible, however, a limited number of pages may still be affected. We are actively looking to resolve these issues where we can.
- Some <ul> and <ol> do not only directly contain <li>, <script> or <template> elements. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion (SC) 1.3.1, Info and Relationships.
- Some iframes do not have an accessible name. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion (SC) 4.1.2: Name, Role, Value
- Some links are not distinguishable without relying on colour. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion (SC), 1.4.1: Use of Colour
- Some elements do not meet minimum colour contrast levels. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion (SC), 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)
- When hovering over the navigation bar dropdown menus with the pointer, there is no mechanism available to dismiss the additional content triggered without moving the pointer. This fails Success Criterion WCAG 2.1 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus
PDFs and other documents
Some PDFs on our website are non-accessible because:
- they do not have tags that screens readers know how to render the information
- they do not have bookmarks to help screen readers navigate through the information
- they are missing a language definition to allow a screen reader to select the correct language when reading aloud
- they do not have a title to allow screen readers to identify the document topic
Throughout 2024, we will be working to replace these PDFs with HTML pages where possible. Any PDFs that can’t be turned into HTML pages will be updated to meet accessibility standards. However, the accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
If you need to access information in one of these document types, please contact us and ask for an alternative format.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 27 April 2023. It was last reviewed on 20 December 2023.
This website was last tested on 20 December 2023. The test was carried out internally.
We used Ax DevTools to scan over all of our pages. The scan included a combination of core templates, commonly used templates, and complex templates.
We tested our main website platform available at https://www.ewc.wales.
In October 2023, the UK Government Digital Service conducted an audit of a representative sample of our pages, from which a number of common accessibility issues were identified and fixed. Those which have not yet been fixed have been listed in the ‘non-compliant’ section above.
Feedback and contact information
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact
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, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).