Just to add, we are Edexcel (see earlier comment) and German. We extensively moderated and one of our department has been an examiner. All the years of experience and a previously good record of our estimations of writing do not match the marks awarded this year. The most worrying thing is that I do not know what to do differently next year as I do not know why the marks were so much lower! I feel a little better to know I am not alone in this, but gutted for the students, most of whom, I feel, are one grade lower than expected.