Joanna Murchie is our in-house Careers Adviser and Co-Ordinator, working across all age groups to provide bespoke, impartial advice on careers pathways and choices for pupils on both a one-to-one and group basis.
Having run her own careers consultancy for several years, she comes from a business background and has wide experience in modern recruitment practice.
In addition to conducting individual careers interviews, Joanna provides a drop-in lunchtime careers surgery for all pupils, and is able to advise on all careers-related topics from subject choices to CV writing and interview technique.
Our policies relating to careers guidance including our careers strategy and Baker Clause policy statement can be found on our policies page here.
Our Pathways website contains a wealth of information on the world of work and routes into employment, including college, university and apprenticeships. It is updated regularly with the latest careers events and news and can be found here: GFM Pathways
Our Careers and Aspirations education follows a similar approach to that of our Citizenship Education and our Religious Education approaches – complementing and supporting our ‘in and beyond’ curriculum provision. Our Careers and Aspirations education prepares young people as citizens of the future with a sound understanding and knowledge of the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.
We recognise, and build on, the process of personal and social development that begins in the home, and continues through school to prepare young people for the world of work and the process of lifelong learning to continue through their adult life.
At Bay House we aim to ensure our young people are confident, respectful, kind, knowledgeable and aware, see themselves and others as equal, are tolerant and accepting of difference, are patient and respectful and have a clarity for what they value and why.
Our aspirations and careers provision is therefore designed to look across a pupil’s five years with us at Bay House, and to complement and be complemented by, activity across the subjects, the Tutor and assembly programme, our work developing ‘Foundations for Learning’ and the range of other exciting activities available for young people at Bay House.
Our aspirations and careers provision at Bay House therefore combines:
We work from the principle that there is a distinction between Aspiration and Careers Education, and Aspiration and Careers Guidance:
Aspiration and Careers Education
The means by which an individual develops the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes necessary to make informed choices and take advantage of the opportunities in education, training and employment.
Aspiration and Careers Guidance
The means by which an individual is helped to apply relevant knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes to their own particular circumstances and the choices available to them. Impartial careers advice from a level 7 careers and guidance practitioner is also available for all pupils and students within the GFM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.