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Updated December 2023 (information about teacher panel and plans for consultancy)
Next update due February 2024 (more about teacher panel and consultancy arrangement)
NRICH wants to encourage all learners to engage with and enjoy doing maths. A fundamental part of our approach is providing tasks that are easy to get started with, but can provide a challenge for students when they are ready. Learning works best when everyone can get started, and everyone can get profitably stuck. We’re focusing on accessibility at the moment, to try and ensure this approach is as inclusive as we can make it.
This page addresses the methodology and reasoning behind our efforts to make the NRICH website accessible.
Throughout 2023 our website is going through a major rework, which will modernise and improve the user experience. We anticipate that the new improved website will be online in the autumn and will conform to WCAG 2.1 accessibility guidelines at AAA level in the main.
These guidelines are explained in more detail here:
There are some areas where we believe we will fall short of full compliance. We will prioritise the work that will have the greatest benefit, and apologise for what we are unable to do.
To make sure our work is having the effect we want, we are carrying out testing on the new website and resources prior to releasing them. This began in July 2023 and is ongoing throughout 2023 and 2024.
We have established a Teacher Panel, representing different settings and age groups, who visit our base at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and offer online advice in between meetings as requested by our team. We asked the Panel to try using the new website in a prototype stage and their feedback helped inform its final design prior to launch in November 2023. We will be seeking further feedback about the accessibility of the new site at the next Panel meeting in Spring 2024.
We are also seeking the support of external accessibility experts for these three key tasks; review our relaunched website; advise about the design of our resources; and, advise about ways to enhance the accessibility of our live events. We have approached several providers to bid for this work and we will review their proposals in early 2024 before appointing one of those teams to deliver those three key tasks.
We are very interested in hearing about the experience of users with accessibility needs. For example, please let us know about any difficulties you have had with the site or the resources we offer, or resources that you would love to see us produce. Feel free to tell us about issues you have witnessed or heard about as well.
If you have a query or a comment, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org