I have only been teaching for four years but have become very concerned over the way we are carrying out our controlled assessment practise. We have always completed these assessments under strict conditions - timed and in silence etc. Now however SMT are in a panic about results. All year 11 are constantly in study sessions to get other subjects up so English has really suffered. We have year 11 students with missing and/or incomplete controlled assessments. We have been asked to rework controlled assessments, mark them and give them back for improvement. In some cases we are virtually writing them for the students. This to me is no different to coursework and raises the issue of why coursework was replaced. I know that we cannot be the only centre doing this but how do you feel about this? In some ways I would rather let a lazy child fail - as would have happenend when I was at school. We are already in notice to improve and if this was discovered I feel that all of the dept will be in trouble even though we are following instructions.