Fair point about Paper 1. I feel that I'm pretty harsh on my students but I often feel that I could 'get away' with giving higher marks and chancing it if I wanted to, I just don't. I would argue that the GCSE Paper 2 isn't standardised very well. If I compare the marks the kids got this year for Paper 2 with last year and the previous year, the examiners were far more generous. This year kids who are easily as good as kids who got full marks for Paper 2 last year, were getting 28/29 out of 40. I find it so hard to see how the practical marking is fair. Again with the A level practical marks, I have found that they have lacked consistency when comparing different cohorts. If they get low marks because they didn't do very well then I can accept that completely. The inconsistency is really starting to irritate me though. I wonder whether the teacher and examiner mrking in collaboration would be fairer, it seems that an awful lot ides on one persons opinion.