Words for Work: Dream Big


Together schools and local businesses support Key Stage 1 pupils to develop their literacy skills, raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes.


About the programme

Words for Work: Dream Big develops literacy skills, raises aspirations and challenges stereotypes with children in Key Stage 1.

Through a variety of interactive play and skills-building activities, the programme helps children practise language and literacy. It also helps young children imagine their futures, and how they will use the skills they are learning at school when they are older.

At the start of each programme, pupils visit a business and are sent on a mission to discover what life is like in a workplace. Follow-up activities take place back in the classroom with their teacher and are tailored to individual schools’ needs.

Schools will receive:

  • A collection of props and resources to make six ‘workplaces’ in the classroom for the pupils’ activities.
  • Accompanying literacy teaching resources, linked to the national curriculum.
  • A training workshop led by the National Literacy Trust.

The programme will run in primary schools across the country, linking them with local businesses. If you are a business interested in supporting careers-related learning in primary schools, please email us.

Current opportunities

We are currently seeking schools in South Shields and Middlesbrough that would like their Key Stage 1 pupils to participate in Words for Work: Dream Big Engineering between September 2021 and May 2022.

What do schools get?

  • Our Dream Big box including lesson plans, resources, props and dress up items focusing on a range of careers
  • Live Q&A event with business volunteers
  • Celebration event including parent packs and certificates for children to bring home


Get in touch to with us by emailing alice.handelman-pedroza@literacytrust.org.uk

Why primary?

  • 97% of teachers said that introducing children to the world of work can be very influential in broadening aspirations and bringing learning to life.
  • Providing children with a real life, authentic experience of the workplace allows them to draw better links between their current and future imagined lives.
  • Gender stereotyping exists from the age of seven. We aim to help reduce gender-specific ideas about certain jobs by introducing pupils to a variety of careers.
  • Less than 1% of children have heard about jobs through people from the world of work coming to their school.

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