When I was a GCSE student (1993) we assigned a speaking grade or score alongside our usual ABCDEFG grade. I vaguely remember conducting a speech in front of my class which led to this score, that also appeared on my GCSE certificate (which I can no longer find!). I am currently doing research on the assessment of speaking (in EFL), and this grade is beginning to make more and more sense to me, as some students may excel in written communication, and grammar, but perform terribly when speaking. If anyone has any memories of using this grade as a teacher, or any recollection of the scoring criteria etc I would be most grateful. Ultimately I would like to find some papers that discussed the need for this grade and the reason it seems it was abandoned! Thanks for any help anybody can offer.