I am a little surprised by the sudden jump in the grade boundaries for Unit 1 and the disparity between grades between Unit One and Two. I had an excellent Unit 2 moderation (with a team leader) with the moderator on the whole agreeing with me and even upping some of my mid band students as they thought I was a little harsh with some students. I was delighted with 100% A*-B and it was a true reflection of the students dedication and ability. I felt the students were fully prepared for the examination and gave estimates on the grade boundaries being moved up by 5 for each grade. I always do this so I can feel confident in my communication with the students, parents and SLT. My Unit One results were 70% A*-C with some F's and a G which I am a little insulted by. I will be emailing Sue Lewis at AQA but will not be appealing as I spent over £400 on remarks two years ago to no avail and it severley hit my budget and have since said to pupils they will have to pay for remarks. Since this policy I have only had one remark remain unchanged. I did get one student that scored 76/80 in this unit so I will be asking for her paper so I can use it as an exemplar. Overall I did get 100% A*-C with 6 A* and 8 A with a cohort of 40 so not too angry although some students did fall short of their FFT target which was a little disappointing. I did also moderate Edexcel Unit 1 this year and did find that some centres had supplied work more in tune for the legacy specification and had missed some elements of the criteria. The thing to remember for Edexcel is that for units One and Two you have to submit a recorded lesson that you teach and mark a sample of your students on. As a moderator I found centres would give students give some students full marks and they spent half the lesson picking their nose or sitting in a corner and not communicating with the rest of their group. It became more like a struggle for marks rather than a truly collaborative process that I had with AQA Unit 2. I have a friend that teaches Edexcel and she has said that time management wise the course is a one shot for each unit whereas I have managed to fit in five Unit 2 Schemes to get the best 2 and still had plenty of time to do exam prep. My best marks for Unit 2 have been with duologues which either scripted or improvised or devised thematic. The minimum group for Edexcel is 3 (Unit 3). I also love the moderation process at GCSE as there is a dialogue between the teacher and moderator and have found the exam element better preperation for A Level (I do Edexcel but have done AQA and OCR Perf Studies). Looking at the percentage of students gaining top grades between the two I ask the question Is the grass always greener?? Not considering WJEC because of the set texts, not sure about OCR. Do they still have the realisation test? If so the school will not go for having kids out for whole days etc. I will be staying with AQA as I did consider moving after the poor results in the final legacy Exam but once I delved deeper I felt safer to stay put. I feel my experiences as a moderator this year has helped set my mind at rest.