Web Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Talis Aspire and Talis Elevate

This website is run by Talis Education Ltd. We want as many people as possible to be able to use these websites. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% 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)

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, including:

How accessible are our websites?

Our policy is to meet, and - where possible - exceed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG) at Level AA. The WCAG covers principles such as colour contrast, keyboard accessibility, text alternatives, as well as ensuring that content can be presented in different ways. A few examples of the ways we meet the WCAG are:

  • our applications include a “skip to content” link which gives you the ability to move directly to the main content of the page
  • we take advantage of HTML landmarks which are recognised by assistive technologies in order to help you move quickly around the application
  • our applications are designed to respond appropriately to the resizing of your browser window

Our applications are designed to be compatible with the latest and last-but-one major releases of screen readers, including:

  • JAWS
  • NVDA
  • Narrator (Windows)
  • VoiceOver (macOS, iOS)

Additionally, screen magnifiers and speech-recognition software can be used, such as:

  • ZoomText
  • Read&Write

Technical information about the accessibility of our websites

Talis Education Ltd is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance Status

The accessibility compliance status of our products is documented in its VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template):

Talis Aspire is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG) AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed above in the VPATs.

Talis Elevate is partially compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.


Non-Accessible Content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Further detail of the areas where our products fall short of the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria is provided in the VPAT reports above.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

New features are designed to be accessible from their introduction. Manual testing is carried out with new features to verify that there are no obvious pitfalls. Automated testing is being added to development processes to prevent inaccessible code from reaching the customer. Tools such as axe DevTools, WebAIM’s WAVE Evaluation Tool, ARC from TPGi, and Microsoft’s Accessibility Insights for Web are used to try and detect a range of issues.

You can view our action plan to see how and when we intend on addressing known issues.

What to do if you cannot access parts of our websites or need to report a problem?

Please get in contact with us via a support ticket


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in September 2020. It was last reviewed in March 2023.


How we tested our websites

Talis Aspire was last audited on the 24th of September 2021. Talis Elevate was last audited on the 31st August 2022. 

In 2020 a high-level audit was performed by AbilityNet. Subsequently, more detailed testing was performed in-house by Talis following training of our staff by AbilityNet.

To test the site for this report, we used Microsoft's Accessibility Insights for Web extension to detect violations on each page and then worked through key workflows with assistive technologies.

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