Accessibility statement for The Trafford College Group 

This accessibility statement applies to www.trafford.ac.uk, www.stockport.ac.uk, www.cheadle.ac.uk, and www.marple.ac.uk.

This website is run by The Trafford College Group. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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
  • Navigate most of the website using eye-tracking 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:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of the text
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard and eye-tracking software.

 

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:

  • email: info@tcg.ac.uk
  • Call: 0161 886 7070

 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us here for directions.

 

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 Jake Smales via email at: jake.smales@tcg.ac.uk

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 Trafford College Group are committed to making its websites 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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

  • PDF documents are replaced with the latest version, therefore older and outdated versions are no longer accessible to users of our website. If you require access to a previous PDF please contact smales@tcg.ac.uk

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2023. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

Navigation, readability and access of information

There is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

It is not possible for users to change text size without third-party software or application, and some of the content overlaps whilst using these accessibility tools.

Users cannot change the spacing and height of text within downloadable PDF documents.

Our forms are built and hosted through third-party software and made to look like our website.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues listed above. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in September 2023.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2023, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video and streaming

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 25/1/2023.  It was last reviewed on 26th January 2023.

This website was last tested and audited on 9th November 2022. The test was carried out by thisislda.com.

We used this approach to testing following an accessibility report produced for us by the Government Digital Service.

You can read the most recent accessibility report here: Accessibility report December 2022.