Just wondered if any other colleagues were feeling saddened/confused by this weeks results. All of my Y13 were down 1 or two grades and the marks for speaking were much lower than I had anticpated. I conducted the exams and felt they had done much better. I'm concerned that out of 5 candidates 4 were compared to the performance of our 1 native speaker and therefore marked down. Does anyone have any similar experiences? The other really disappointing section was the cultural topic essay. I can see from ERA that the content mark has held them all back. I know they would have written in decent French as they had written so many practice essays and i know the standard of their written French was really good. Event 20 years into teaching A level I am really searching for ways to ensure that the students can secure decent marks. Any advice would be appreciated. We currently use lots of Steve Glover's stuff for literature/Zig Zag and Elan resources and in house essay writiing materials. Have used AQA examplar essays to dissect/critique and "borrow" useful phrases. AARGHH!! Can't wait for annual beating up by SLT.