I wondered what everyone thought of the controlled assessment marks. We felt they were quite harsh and have made quite a difference to our grades. All our speaking was marked down and then our writing marks came back about a grade lower for most students than we thought they deserved. I'm trying to work out how a student who got A* for everything else managed not to on the writing when she wrote 500 words per piece of flawless French with lots of complex opinions and A*phrases. What else could she have done? What's also frustrating is not knowing why these marks were given.