Accessibility statement

This website has been designed to comply with the international web accessibility standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as part of its Web Accessibility Initiative.

GTC Scotland is also committed to making its website accessible, in line with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations.

All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top-level and main content pages are compliant with these standards. If however there is any area you feel we can improve on, please contact us using our feedback form.

This accessibility statement applies to and its subdomains.

This website is run by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Older PDFs, documents and infographics are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Forms are not fully accessible

We are working to improve the accessibility of our publications and graphics.

Making the site bigger or smaller

You can choose to make the site bigger or smaller to make it easier to read.

To do this, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • To increase the text size, press Ctrl and +
  • To decrease text size, press Ctrl and –
  • Or, you can hold down the Ctrl key while using the scroll button on your mouse to zoom in and out.

Making the text bigger or smaller

You can choose to make only the text larger or smaller. You can do this using the text size links at the top of each page or through your browser.

Adjusting the text size through your browser settings

  • Chrome: From the main menu (icon of three dots) select “Settings” then “Appearance”. You will find a drop down menu to allow you to adjust the font size.
  • Microsoft Edge From the main Edge menu (icon of three dots), select “Settings” Select “Appearance”. Under “Fonts” you can change the font size.
  • Firefox: Select the view menu in the browser tool bar, select “text size” then choose to either “increase font” or “decrease font” until the text is the required.
  • Safari: To increase the font size, press Option-Command-Plus sign (+). To decrease the font size, press Option-Command-Minus sign (-).

Changing colours

Changing the site’s background or text colour can be useful for users who find the contrast of the background and text colours causes an uncomfortable glare. To do this you will need to adjust your browser or system settings:

  • Chrome: You can install a browser extension in Chrome to change colours, for example ‘High Contrast’. ‘Midnight Lizard’ or ‘Pro Visu Look’
  • Microsoft Edge: In your computer’s main menu select “Start” then “Settings” followed by “Ease of Access” then “Colour filters”. You will have a number of options.
  • Firefox: Select the “Tools” menu, select “Options”, open the “Content” tab and select “Colors”. You can define the colour of text and background from here.
  • Safari: Select the Safari menu, and Preferences. Select Appearance, which is the second option on the right. Under Standard font, select the Select button. Choose your desired font type, size and colour.

Downloading or reading documents

Most documents are available to download as PDFs. Access Adobe can translate PDFs into HTML or text emails which makes them accessible for those using a screen reader.

Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

If you would like a copy of any information on our website in a different format please contact us.