Words for Work: Dream Big


Together schools and 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 for children in Key Stage 1. It is completely free for schools to take part.

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, students meets business volunteers either at their workplace, online or a visit to the classroom. Students are sent on a mission to learn about different jobs and how speaking, reading, writing and listening skills are used 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
  • Celebration event including parent packs and certificates for children to bring home.

Dream Big: STEAM

Complement your classroom’s career and literacy curriculum with a STEM-specific version of the Dream Big programme. Covering careers across science, technology, engineering, art and maths.

Find out more

If you are a school interested in Dream Big, or a business interested in supporting careers-related learning in primary schools we would love to hear from you. Please email us at wfw@literacy trust.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.

Success stories