UKLA position statement: Critical Literacy

Impact: Education, Public understanding, information and debate

Description of impact

I was asked to develop the UK Literacy Association's formal position statement on critical literacy for publication on the UKLA website.

Who is affected

UKLA members, language and literacy teachers across the UK, language and literacy researchers, UKLA committees, UKLA critical literacy special interest group (and its members)


UKLA Viewpoints: Critical Literacy
Critical literacy examines the relationship between language, literacy and power.
Teaching and learning about critical literacy recognises that texts reflect the position of the writer and aim also to position the reader.
Critical literacy means evaluating and analysing texts to identify the choices made in constructing texts, the worldviews they represent and the social impact of those texts.
You can download the full UKLA Viewpoint on critical literacy to the right of this page.
Impact statusOpen
Impact date2019
Category of impactEducation, Public understanding, information and debate
Impact levelEngagement


  • critical literacy
  • language
  • literacy
  • power
  • social justice