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The National Literacy Trust is the UK’s largest literacy charity working to transform lives for the past 27 years. Our mission is to ensure that disadvantaged children and young people in the UK have the literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) needed for education and to lead a successful life. Improving literacy skills from an early age is vital if we are to tackle poverty, inequality and their symptoms. We seek to narrow the achievement gap between young people from poorer and more affluent backgrounds, narrow the literacy gap between poorer and richer communities, and campaign to raise awareness to improve literacy across the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drives our interventions.

Our Dream Big early careers-related learning resources include a range of teacher-, pupil- and parent-facing content. The resources have been mapped to the curriculum to encourage children’s use of literacy skills, and their learning about the practical application of literacy in the workplace. The resources include a scheme of work, which includes videos, reading and writing activities and role play activities, to be completed over a term delivered in the classroom or remotely. It has been tailored to each Key Stage group, which is reflected in the language used and the complexity of the activity or task.

Our resources have been designed and developed to specifically incorporate the six lessons for practice identified in research titled “What works? Career-related learning in primary schools”, commissioned by The Careers & Enterprise Company and undertaken by Education and Employers in 2018.

Through the use of our resources, teachers will feel equipped to bring careers learning into the classroom, pupils will have an increased awareness of different careers and parents will feel supported to talk about careers more broadly with their children.