Why does it have to be end of unit assessments? We've staggered our assessments by combing through our units for each year group for assessment opportunities. When we looked closely at what we all teach, we realised that there is no reason at all to wait until the end of a unit. From a reading AF viewpoint, if you're reading a novel, why not assess at a key point of the novel, rather than waiting until the end? The same applies for plays and poetry. Writing and S & L are the same; find a springboard at a key point in the unit and set an assessment task at a time which keeps the marking pile as small as is logistically possible.