Making this website work for you

We have designed and built this website to uphold, as a minimum standard, level 'AA' of the WAI's (Web Accessibility Initiative) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0). If you find any part of the website that does not do this, please email us.

Change the way this site looks

You can change the way this website looks to suit your needs. The settings available differ for each web browser programme, but most web browsers offer some or all of the following:

Change the font size: You can adjust the size of nearly all the text on this website by using the font size setting in your browser. This setting is found in the 'View' menu of most browsers.

Other text and colour changes: Some browsers allow you to change the default font and background colours you use. These settings are usually found in the 'Options' or 'Preferences' menus.

Use a 'plain' layout: Many browsers allow you to strip a web page of all layout and styling by turning off the website 'style sheets'. If your browser supports this setting you will most likely find it in the 'View' menu.

Keyboard access

Most browsers let you skip from link to link using the TAB key. The current link will be outlined. To move backwards, hold down SHIFT and press the TAB key.


BrowseAloud Plus helps website visitors who require online reading support and those who simply prefer to listen to information instead of reading it. People with dyslexia or mild visual impairments, and those with English as a second language, should also find it useful.

BrowseAloud Plus offers a translator, simplifier, screen masking for touch screens and the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences. It is free to use. Once you have clicked on the button to install BrowseAloud you will be able to use it on other sites that offer it.

For further information please visit

Access keys

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts to common pages on a website. This website does not use access keys because evidence suggests that they interfere with the keyboard controls of many browsers and screen readers.

Video and multimedia

Video and multimedia will only be used where they are the most appropriate format for the content in question. When we use these kinds of content, we will always aim to make accessible and equivalent alternatives available.

Supported browsers

We have developed this website to support a reasonable range of web browsers and operating systems, including:

  • IE versions eight, nine, ten and eleven
  • Modern versions of Standards Based browsers including FireFox, Chrome and Safari;
  • In-built browsers for modern versions of iOS and Android;