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Updated September 2023 (information about new website testing)
Next update due November 2023 (more information about testing, and support we're getting from experts)
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.
We invited a group of teachers representing different settings and age groups to visit the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, and asked them to try using the new website in a prototype stage.
As well as looking at the core functionality of the site, and investigating teacher priorities for the site, we asked the participants to tell us about occasions when students had encountered accessibility problems with our resources.
Following the testing session, we have enough information to direct our work for the rest of the summer, before we run another session.
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: email@example.com