Can anyone tell me what is an accepted level of parental in-put for pupils preparing for the controlled assessment part of GCSEs? I work in primary but my own children are approaching GCSE age. I have been surprised (to put it mildly) by the amount of help some friends are giving to their child in preparation for the controlled assessments (notably English). I thought the whole point of introducing them was to get over the problem of parents contributing too much to the coursework. Obviously both teachers and parents want the children to do well but it still seems the playing field is far from level. What percentage of the marks go on these assessments and are there still final exams where no advance preparation (other than the usual revision) is done? Thanks in advance for enlightening me!