I've been doing the new Edexcel GCSE but the Year 11 official mock results were all rather bad. Is this normal?? Pupils, staff and parents are all going to blame me. What do I say to them? Yes, I can remind them that their final mark will include the 60% coursework which will improve their grades significantly, but it's still a blow when they see an E or F written as the exam grade, especially when they're getting B's and A's in their other subjects. What do I say to parents? I think this new course is dreadful. They are expected to know (memorise) far too many works in far too much detail. It's insane. I honestly believe the GCSE is now harder than the A-Level (or anything after that for that matter). Anyone else in the same boat?