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Adding a school when JavaScript is unavailable

When the Support team adds a school in Support for Publish teacher training courses (Support), we use an autocomplete to help users search for schools.

The autocomplete works well for quickly selecting a school, but it requires JavaScript. Not everyone has JavaScript, and it does not always run successfully.

We added a no-JavaScript version of the ‘Add school’ flow, which we can progressively enhance.

How it works

Selecting ‘Add school’ on the schools list page takes the user to a form where they can search for a school, university or college. They do this by entering the school name, unique reference number (URN) or postcode.

Without JavaScript, when the user continues, we show:

  • the number of results and the search term in the heading - for example, “7 results found for ‘challoner’”
  • a way to change the search if the school they are looking for is not listed, or if there are too many results
  • a list of radio options matching their search query - we limit this list to 15 items

We use data provided by Get information about schools (GIAS).

We display the name, town and postcode for each school, university or college in the list. This allows users to choose from similarly named locations correctly.

Selecting a school from the list allows the user to continue and add the school.

We show an error message if the user tries to continue without selecting a school:

Select a school

If the school the user is looking for is not listed or there are no results listed, they can change their search, which takes them back to the initial search form.

Finding a school - without autocomplete#

Screenshot of Finding a school - without autocomplete

List of schools - many results#

Screenshot of List of schools - many results

List of schools - less than 15 results#

Screenshot of List of schools - less than 15 results

List of schools - one result#

Screenshot of List of schools - one result

No results#

Screenshot of No results

Error message#

Screenshot of Error message