An ex-colleague recently emailed me. She moved to a new school last September and has to deliver the AQA course NEA at A Level. She seem's to be saying it's another one of those 'secret' assessments so stupidly made part of the old GCSE NEA; students are given a confidential NEA to do, and must keep it a secret with the world i.e. not discuss or share approaches or working solutions in the dark web, www or private forums. I had a quick look around and pulled together quite a few of the many examples of this in the last couple of days and am quite surprised how widespread students working together and sharing solutions, how to make solutions look 'unique' etc anonymously across the web is. However, I'm out of the loop with the AQA and other exam boards' NEA at A Level. Is it still a case that NEAs are given to students and then tens of thousands of them are told to keep it a secret, work on their own, not discuss it with others outside the classroom, not share solutions etc, or is my ex-colleague fretting over nothing? Why is cheating in the old GCSE NEA any different to the current A Level NEAs?