Cover image for Vol. 51 Issue 2

Edited By: Jill McClay and Clare Dowdall

Impact Factor: 0.622

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 94/180 (Linguistics); 185/235 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1741-4369

Associated Title(s): Journal of Research in Reading

Society Information

United Kingdom Literacy Association is a society for all those interested in literacy, its study and teaching.

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  • UKLA is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy. UKLA is an organisation committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally in literacy teaching and research. The Association was founded in 1963 as the United Kingdom Reading Association. In 2003 it changed its name to the United Kingdom Literacy Association, to reflect more accurately its wider range of concerns.

  • As with similar associations, UKLA is largely run by its members with the help of an administrative secretary. Membership is on an annual basis with a few honorary members who have lifelong membership.

  • Our membership is varied and includes researchers, teachers, teacher educators, literacy consultants, LEA advisors, inspectors, independent consultants, publishers and librarians.

  • Members’ interests include particular phases of educational practice, such as early years, primary, secondary and adult education. However, UKLA embraces professionals who have an interest in teaching or researching all aspects of literacy.

  • We welcome applications for membership from colleagues working in a wide range of professional contexts.

  • UKLA is involved in a range of activities which promote good practice in literacy and language teaching and research. The following presents a summary of our main activities:

  • The Association organises regular conferences and events nationally and regionally.

  • UKLA has an active Publications committee.  Three times a year every member receives a copy of both our newsletter, Literacy News, and also Literacy. For an additional subscription, members can receive the Journal of Research in Reading. UKLA also produces a range of books, written mainly with teachers and students in mind. Existing titles include Children's Writing Journals, Developing Narrative Writing 7 - 13 and Poetry Matters. We are always interested to talk to members about possibilities for publication.

  • UKLA regularly responds to national consultations, including those organised through the DfES or QCA.

  • UKLA is active in promoting and disseminating research. We also provide support and small grants for literacy research.

  • We help members to network both in the UK and through our worldwide contacts. Our affiliation to the International Reading Association enables us to keep members in touch with events and ideas in other parts of the world. We are also involved in specific international projects such as Project Connect, which enables us to provide some support for literacy education in Uganda.

  • The Association has a number of prestigious awards for members.

  • Each year the Association prepares a Development Plan which is presented to members for their approval, at the Annual Meeting in July. This sets out the key areas for development within the Association’s activities.