My school hasn't run GCSE music for a few years and we're really confused about what the rules are for CA and how things are actually supposed to be done. I have read the Edexcel specification but it offers very little guidance on the nitty-gritty of CA. I've also had a good look on here but I've read conflicting messages and this is compounded by the fact that practice seems different in different subjects. On the surface CA doesn't seem much different to coursework as it was when I last taught GCSE. The Edexcel spec only states that the <u>final</u> score writing and recording need be completed under controlled conditions. Assuming one can teach the kids and provide feedback/guidance during the non-controlled lessons (as stated by Edexcel) then would it be permissible to do the following? <ol>[*]Pupils have composition lessons focussing on say disco music.[*]Kid X works on his bass line on Sibelius with the title "Disco draft".[*]Kid X shows it to me.[*]I make suggestions - "have you thought about changing these rhythms - disco uses some arpeggios and 16th runs" etc.[*]Kid X re-drafts his bassline - it's better.[*]Teach the kids chords and extensions.[*]Kid X puts chords on guitar over the bass (still on "Disco draft" Sibelius score).[*]I give him feedback on chords - "they seem to be clashing in bars 18-20 don't they? Could you check theme against your bass notes?" [*]Kid X makes alterations.[*]Process continues with kit, horns, vocals etc.[*]Kid X has "Disco draft" Sibelius file that sounds great.[*]Controlled condition lessons begin. Kid X sits with two Sibelius windows open on his PC - one is the "Disco draft" score, the other is blank (I understand that draft materials may be brought into controlled lessons by pupils). [*]He copies and pastes "Disco draft" into the blank window, adding a title, candidate name etc.[*]Kid X submits the new file for his coursework.</ol>Now, this sounds wrong to me. BUT I can't see actually where this is a clear contravention of any of the CA rules. Please remember, I'm not proposing to help this hypothetical kid <u>during </u>the CA lesson. I help him during the 'learning' lessons when conditions are not controlled. Though I offer feedback and guidance I don't tell him "put these notes in this order" etc (which would obviously be cheating), I simply make suggestions of things to consider e.g. "remember how we learned about chord extensions? Where could you use them?"etc. Any opinions on this would be welcome. Thanks in advance.