Words for Work: KS3

Words for Work

Business volunteers bring workplace communication into the classroom to unlock students' speaking and listening skills.

About the programme

Students participate in interactive skill-building activities, such as writing a formal email and delivering effective presentations. Students explore communication skills used for formal situations.

Volunteers from the business community support students to understand the real life application of literacy in the workplace. The volunteers share their career journey, roleplay workplace scenarios and give top tips for presentations.

Throughout the programme students have opportunities to develop speaking, listening, teamwork and leadership skills. Schools are provided with fully planned resources ready to be delivered in lessons.

To learn more about the programme or to register interest in participating in the future, email wfw@literacytrust.org.uk

"It's been a great experience for all involved. I've seen the volunteers engage and inspire and bring out the best in my students. I've never seen my class smile so much! Programmes like this one are so important."

Words for Work teacher

Current opportunities

Places are normally for one class of 30 students and come fully resourced. You will receive free National Literacy Trust membership for a year and book gifting per student, or for your school library.

For the summer or autumn terms of 2022 we are are seeking schools in Havant and London to join our Key Stage 3 Words for Work fully funded programme.

Register interest

To express interest or learn more, please email wfw@literacytrust.org.uk telling us which age group and location is relevant for you.


After completing Words for Work: KS3

  • 91% of students felt more confident in their speaking and listening skills
  • 92% of students gained a better understanding of how to write a formal email
  • 92% of students knew how to give formal presentations in front of an audience.
  • 92% of students knew the difference between formal and informal situations.

Success Stories

  • Grange Technology College

    Grange Technology College runs Words for Work three years in a row

    Staff at Grange Technology College, a secondary school in Bradford, describe the positive impact the programme has had on pupils.
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