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. Visits may be in-person or digital depending on the prevailing circumstances and social-distancing regulations. 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.

The programme runs 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 we would love to hear from do, so please email us.

Current opportunities

We are currently seeking schools in selected areas to get involved in our Dream Big Key Stage 1 programmes from the Autumn of 2021.

With direct links to the national curriculum, Dream Big can be incorporated into your lessons. It is completely free for schools to take part, giving your school the opportunity to make valuable links with local businesses.

Dream Big: Engineering

If you teach Year 1 in South Shields and Middlesbrough then contact us to get involved in this focused engineering strand of the programme that aims to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and increase awareness of engineering jobs,

Dream Big

For Key Stage 1 teachers from schools in Southampton or Petersfield, our Dream Big programme aims to increase awareness of career opportunities, challenge stereotypes and help develop skills such as reading, listening, team work and leadership.

Find out more

To express interest in the opportunities above, o please get in touch to with us by emailing our Words for Work team.

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