A Cumbrian education union representative is hoping the Government will take advice from teachers as plans for student assessments this summer look set to be revealed.

It has been reported that GCSE and A-level students could be asked to complete ‘mini-exams’ instead of the traditional exams that were a staple before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The idea behind the proposals, which The Times reported to be under consultation, is for the exam boards to write the exams, and then it would be up to the teachers to decide if the students should take them and mark them once completed.

Chris Brooksbank, NEU secretary for Cumbria, said: “It is good that this issue is being addressed and it would be great if they could start to talk with teachers and unions about exams.

“It seems as though in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, governments are doing that.

“What they come up with may not be the perfect solution but at least would be working together on it.

SCHOOLS: Pupils taking an exam

SCHOOLS: Pupils taking an exam

“I hope that is what is going to happen in England as well but we will have to wait and see what happens in the near future.”

The results of these suggested plans are scheduled to be published this week.

Natalie Perera, chief executive of the Education Policy Institute, said these plans would help ensure fairness.