Hi, I'm marking paper 2 for the 3rd time this year. Have just completed my First Phase Sample Batch 1. I've found that I appear to be VERY severe this year. Has anyone else noticed that the marking seems to be much more lenient? I've found that what has been labelled as 'X-ref' is little more than two simple comments about each poem linked by 'whereas' for instance: "Two Scavengers is about.......whereas 'Vultures' is about...." In one instance, I'd given something 15 marks but it was actually awarded 19 (for the poetry). I thought this was very generous indeed. Has anyone else found this? Or have I just got meaner as the years have gone by? If this is how it works, I'm very confident for my own kids' results!