I have ranted before about the demise of the three tier and the total unsuitability of two teir for assessing maths GCSE but really this years exams are simply proving my point. When is something going to be done to allow the exam boards to have a cahnce to set a fair paper that assess the ability of the students? Higher is to constrained by the amount of D/E grdae material that has to be included. The "functional" questions seem to have been introduced a year early and while they make a positive contribution it was unfair to include them without warning. some questions are just unecessarily obtuse or quirky. The new AQA A* with distinction is further prooof that things are going badly wrong - Something needs to be done.