Accessibility statement for the Office for Students Beta website for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings

This is an accessibility statement for the Office for Students Beta website for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. It applies to all TEF content with BETA designation.  The TEF website is a new service and is currently designated as Beta. This means it is an early release of a new set of webpages and we are still working to improve the site.

This website is run by the Office for Students. 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)

The text on the website is sometimes about complex regulations, but we have written it in clear English and made it as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNetExternal link (Opens in a new tab or window) has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We have tested the Teaching Excellence Framework (‘TEF’) Portal pages and believe we have addressed most of the outstanding Accessibility issues, however since this site is still in Beta status and subject to change we will continue to test and will update this as required. We have some accessibility issues which we are working to address in future releases. We are continuing to review and ensure that all contrasts are sufficient.

Feedback and contact information

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

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements please use this feedback form to give us more details. Give feedback to improve the pages

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)External link (Opens in a new tab or window).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the [Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1AA standard or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.2 AA standard],due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons. Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • In a few instances the colour contrast may not be sufficient. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criteria 1.4.3
  • We are actively working to fix these issues and will release fixes before the end of December 2023.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are continuing to update the TEF pages on this website and will be including Accessibility improvements as part of that.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 13 November 2023. It was last reviewed on 13 November 2023.

The TEF pages on the Office for Students website were last tested on 10 November 2023. The test was carried out by the Office for Students using the website governance tool, Silktide. Using Silktide, we have tested all of the TEF pages across the website. We run weekly crawls of the website, and will update this statement as any issues are resolved or identified.