Future pathways (Berkshire)

What is Future Pathways?

Future Pathways is a free programme that has been running in partnership with Reading virtual school (Brighter Futures for Children) since 2022. It helps care experienced young people in years 9-11 learn about all the educational pathways available to them after they leave school. It also gives them the opportunity to socialise with other young people in similar circumstances.

This year we have partnered with the University of Reading to make sure this year’s programme is better than ever!

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at care experienced young people in years 9-11 in the following three local authorities:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Reading
  • Wokingham

How much does it cost?

Future Pathways is completely FREE to attend, including transport and all refreshments.

When and where is it?

All the events for this year can be seen in the table below. At the bottom of this page is a downloadable leaflet with details of each event.



Time Event Location
Tuesday 10th October 2023 18:00 -20.00 Launch Event


A chance for introductions and to explain what we will be doing over the programme, followed by a fun ice breaker activity.

Hosted at The University of Reading.
Thursday 16th November


18:00 -20.00 Further education choices


A workshop about post-16 options and how to make choices about further education study. And food!

University of Reading


Wednesday 13th December


09.00 – 15.00 Further education college visits followed by a meal out The Henley College, Activate Reading and Berkshire College of Agriculture
Monday 15th January 2024


18:00 -20.00 Higher education for care experienced students


What to be aware of and to look out for as a care experienced person entering higher education

University of Reading


Tuesday February 13th 2024


09.00 – 15.00 Visit to another higher education institution, Oxford Brookes University.  Oxford Brookes University
Thursday 18th April


18:00 -20.00 Apprenticeships

Information about where to look and how to apply.


University of Reading
June date TBC


09.00 – 15.00 Apprenticeship visit

A visit to an employer offering apprenticeships


July TBC 18:00 -20.00 Celebration event

A fun time out to celebrate all your achievements


How do I book on?

To register your young person please complete the registration form below.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Jo Ridley: jridley@brookes.ac.uk

Testimonials from Future Pathways (Berkshire and Swindon)