I've been teaching for 21 years now. I deem myself a good teacher with outstanding traits most of the time. I have been a team leader for the Edexcel GCSE French writing paper for several years now and my reports from the assistant principal examiners has always said how accurate my marking is. So here is my concern: For the second year in a row, my German writing papers have been marked at an average of a grade and a half to two grades below what I mark them (for internal purposes). I know how to mark this paper. I mark it according to how I have been applying the mark scheme, successfully as a team leader, for many years now. I tend to mark strictly and meanly anyway in class so that we have the "worst-case-scenario". Anyone else experiencing this with German? I never had it with French so what is going on?