Martyn Cooper

Martyn Cooper

For 18 years I was an academic at the Open University, UK, until I had to retire early on health grounds (arthritis) in 2017. My degree was from Reading University, UK, a B.Sc. in Cybernetics and Control Engineering with Mathematics.

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  • Martyn Cooper
    Published 10 months ago
    Non-Traditional Paths Through the Education System

    Non-Traditional Paths Through the Education System

    Here in the UK, it is the main season when school exam results come out. These are seen as high-stakes exams by both the educational system and the individuals taking them. They are thought of as “deciding your future:" what further study you can go onto, which universities you can study at, even what careers you can follow. However, I want to argue this is not the case. There are many futures out there that anyone can build and there are various non-traditional paths through the education system, or via on the job training, that can enable any individual to build a fulfilling life and a future largely of their own choosing.