Depsite many years of experience, last year's horrors with inconsistent marking have really knocked my confidence. I am now really panicking about everything i am submitting, so if anybody can reassure me about any of the following issues, it would be nice. Task planning forms - I'm not submitting many, most of my pupils didn't use them. Some of my pupils did, and then forgot to leave them behind for me. They are now missing, is this a problem? Speaking - Most of my unrecorded marks are higher than my recorded task marks. This is becase i had some marks lowered last year, so i have been as mean as i can be with the marks for recorded tasks. For the unrecorded ones, i feel much less scared, so have gone with the fairest possible mark i can give, not being generous, but not feeling the pressure to "think of a mark, then knock three off." Last year, we had unrecoreded marks lowered on the basis of the recorded marks being too generous, so i am trying to avoid this again. Is anybody else submitting higher marks for non-recorded tasks than for recorded tasks? Writing / Speaking overlap - AQA changed the rules, after many of my pupils had used similar material for writing and speaking tasks. They said that the new rule would not apply for tasks already completed. Do we trust them to stick to their word? Opinions and reasons - Can a pupil give a reason for an opinion without using the word "because" E.g. I like fish, they are interesting. Does that count as a reason / explained opinion? Like i said, confidence shaken by last year. Our writing got hammered by poor marking. Nearly all the writing marks were moved up on re-marking, although just enough to not change a grade boundary (which fits with what i overheard a principal examiner saying at a meeting) As a resul tof this i am worried, and not even confident that bad marking can be fixed with re-marks. Any reassurance would be fantastic!